Who is Shivon Zilis? Meet the Reported Mother of Elon Musk’s Twins

Shivon Zilis has reportedly made Elon Musk a father of 10.

According to Insider, the Tesla co-founder welcomed secret twin babies with Zilis, one of his top executives at Neuralink, in November 2021.

In April of the following year, the parents requested that the babies’ names be changed to “their father’s last name and their mother’s last name as part of their middle name,” according to court documents obtained by the website.

The request was reportedly granted the following month.

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Shivon Zilis reportedly welcomed twin babies with Elon Musk in November 2021.

Musk, 51, notably welcomed a baby girl named Exa Dark Sideræl via surrogate with his on-again, off-again girlfriend Grimes, whose real name is Claire Boucher, in December 2021, a month before the alleged twins’ arrival. He and the lead singer of “Oblivion”, who are also the parents of son X AE A-XII, separated shortly after the birth of their second child.

The entrepreneur is also the father of twins Griffin and Vivian and triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian with his ex-wife Justine Musk. (The former couple’s oldest child, Nevada, died in 2002 after 10 weeks of SIDS or SIDS.)

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Musk met Zilis through the artificial intelligence industry.
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While the names and genders of Elon’s newborn twins are still a secret, here are five things you should know about their 36-year-old mother.

Where does Zilis come from?

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“Made in Canada,” reads Zilis’ Twitter bio.

Zilis was born in Canada. She attended Yale University and played goalkeeper on the school’s ice hockey team. She previously lived in San Francisco before moving to Austin, Texas.

Is she on social media?

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While Zilis’ Twitter account is still active, she appears to have removed other platforms.

Zili’s Instagram account, @shivonzilis, was private and had over 1,000 followers before it was deleted after the baby news broke.

As regards her Twitter, Zilis has more than 77,000 followers. Hair most recent tweet on July 3, a passage from a “engaging” science fiction book was highlighted.

What profession does she practice?

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Zilis has worked for IBM, Neuralink and more organizations.

After graduating from Yale, Zilis worked at IBM. She later became a founding member of Bloomberg Beta, where she vetted machine learning start-ups.

Zilis moved to Neuralink and worked as a project director in the CEO’s office. According to her LinkedIn profile, she is now the director of operations and special projects at the company, which Musk co-founded in 2016.

How does she know Musk?

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Zilis is currently director of operations and special projects at Neuralink.

Zilis joined OpenAI, an organization Elon co-founded, as an advisor and later became a board member in 2016. (Musk left the board in 2018.)

Zilis has worked on multiple AI projects for Musk’s Tesla company, from autopilot design to chip design.

What does she specialize in?

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She is interested in ‘artificial intelligence, biological intelligence and everything in between and beyond’.

According to Zilis’ Twitter bio, she’s interested in “artificial intelligence, biological intelligence, and everything in between and beyond.”

In 2021, Zilis shared her plans to “unfold AI in the world in the best possible way” during a speech at the Canadian Undergraduate Conference.

“If you think about it, every single part of your reality — everything you’ve ever touched, every memory you’ve ever had, everything you’ve ever felt, these are all signals that come out of your brain, and so when we talk about creating a platform to interact directly with the brain, you have the potential to modulate literally anything,” she said at the time.

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