Who is Shivon Zilis? Check out 12 untold truths about the mother of Elon Musk’s twins who adds up to the billionaire’s 9 children.
Business Insider reports that Elon Musk secretly welcomed a pair of twins with Shivon Zilis. According to court documents seen by the publication – the billionaire and Zilis filed a petition for the twins to have their father’s surname and their mom’s surname as their middle name.
Zilis reportedly gave birth in November 2021, just weeks before Musk welcomed his second child with musician Grimes via surrogate. This means Musk has a total of nine living children as his first child with ex-wife Justine Musk passed away at just 10 weeks old due to Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
The 51-year-old billionaire had his eighth and ninth child with 36-year-old Zilis, who happens to be the operations director at brain-machine interface company Neuralink, co-founded by Musk in 2016.
Ziles has a lot of recognitions as she is an investor at Bloomberg and also works for Elon Musk. So, who is Shivon Zilis?
1. Shivon is 36 years old.
Shivon Zilis is known for her career in the tech world and has worked with several companies over the years. Her real name is Shivon A. Zilis and holds an American nationality. She is currently 36 years old however, her date of birth is not known yet. She currently lives in Ontario, United States. Undoubtedly, the world got to know of her after news broke that she has given birth to twins with world’s billionaire, Elon Musk.
2. Shivon is a top executive at Neurolink.
Musk’s “baby mama” is a director of operations and special projects at Neuralink according to her LinkedIn account. Neuralink – a company that develops implantable brain-machine interfaces – was co-founded by Musk in 2016.
3. Shivon reportedly holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics and philosophy from Yale University.
Canada-born Shivon Zilis is one of Elon Musk’s top executives at his company, Neuralinks, which creates implantable brain-machine interfaces. Ziles has a bacherlor’s degree. The 36-year-old graduated from Yale University, where she studied economics and philosophy. Additionally, she participated in sports and was the goalie on the ice-hockey team.
4. Shivon is an investor at Bloomberg Beta.
Shivon A. Zilis is a partner at Bloomberg Beta, and an advisor at OpenAI. In Arkenea’s publication titled “7 founder share their secret to building a sucessful AI App” Ziles gave a few advise any potential investor should keep in mind:
- Is it “problem first”? Your algorithmic approach should be invisible and irrelevant to the user. Your app should simply solve a problem they have better.
- It is useful today. The best part about MI apps is that if they are useful today they will get ever better over time, assuming the developers have put thought into creating the right user feedback loops to enhance the dataset over time.
5. She is an OpenAI director.
As per her website, Zilis is a board member of the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute and Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab of the University of Toronto, and a charter member of C100.
Additionally, she co-hosts a conference every year at the University of Toronto, attended by several renowned academics, authors, founders, and people investing in the machine intelligence sector.
At Google’s second annual Go North conference, much of the focus is on artificial intelligence and its impact on our world. The conference kicked off with a discussion between OpenAI Director Shivon Zilis and AI Fund Director of Ethics and Governance Tim Hwang, and both shared perspectives on AI’s progress, its public perception, and how we can help ensure its responsible development going forward.
Zilis opened by noting that there’s a lot of confusion around AI’s perceived rate of progress because “it’s moving both much more slowly and much more quickly than we’d expect, given the hype.” She then listed a number of projects that Google alone has been working on in the last 16 days alone, but also noted that most of these don’t touch our lives because they focus on areas like gaming for now.
OpenAI’s entire purpose is overly to help AI development occur transparently and out in the open, but the discussion between these two industry leaders focused specifically on ethical questions really brought to light the tremendous potential that AI has to change the way we live, at a fundamental and also at a macro level.
6. Shivon worked with Elon Musk before.
The executive previously worked as a Project Director at Tesla according to The Sun. She has also worked at Creative Destruction Lab. She’s also met Prince Harry.
7. She was named in Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015 and LinkedIn’s 35 Under 35.
Shivon Zilis has also appeared in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 category as a venture capitalist, aside from being listed in LinkedIn’s 35 Under 35. She got an opportunity to work as a project director for Musk’s baby company, Tesla, in 2017 and showcase her AI expertise.
8. Shivon ‘floated’ to run Twitter after Musk’s acquisition.
Business Insider reports that Shivon has been floated to run Twitter after Musk’s acquisition of the social media giant. However, this was recently put on hold due to Musk’s concerns about bots on the platform.
9. How did Elon Musk and Shivon Ziles meet?
As for her and Elon Musk, Insider reported that the duo first crossed each other’s paths during OpenAI, a non-profit organization working towards artificial intelligence, co-founded in 2015 by the latter.
In 2016, Zilis relocated to San Francisco after she was offered a job as an advisor at OpenAI. While working there, Zilis and Musk crossed paths, and she later rose through the ranks to become one of his top executives.
10. Shivon Ziles and Musk welcomed twins in 2021.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk allegedly had twins with Shivon Zilis, one of the top employees of his company, Neuralink, as per court documents obtained by Insider.
Reportedly, Musk quietly welcomed his twin babies in November 2021, weeks before having a child with his former girlfriend, singer Grimes, via a surrogate in December.
According to court documents obtained by Insider, Musk and Zilis filed a plea in April 2022 to change the name of their kids. The parents want their children to have “their father’s last name” and make their mother’s surname their middle name.
11. Shivon has an impressive net worth.
Shivon is a top executive at Neurolink, a director at OpenAI, and an investor at Bloomberg Beta who has an estimated net worth of $1-5 million. Now that she has had twins with Elon Musk and also has various endeavors, her net worth is expected to skyrocket in the coming years.
12. Shivon’s social media accounts.
She has close to 80K followers on Twitter since she joined the platform on December 2011.