Congratulations are apparently in order for Elon Musk: The Tesla chief executive had twins in November with Shivon Zilis, a top executive at his company Neuralink. The news of the twins' arrival, first reported Wednesday by Insider, brings Musk's total brood count to nine.
Court filings obtained by the outlet showed that Musk and Zilis filed a petition to change their children's names to "have their father's last name and contain their mother's last name as part of their middle name" in April. One month later, a Texas judge approved the petition.
Zilis, 36, is identified on her LinkedIn as director of operations and special projects at Neuralink, a neurotechnology firm co-founded and chaired by Musk. She began working at the company in May 2017, the same month she was named a project director in artificial intelligence at Tesla, where she remained until 2019.
An expert in artificial intelligence, Zilis met Musk, 51, in 2015. Insider reported that her work at OpenAI, a research laboratory co-founded by Musk. He exited his leadership role there in 2019 to focus on "a painfully large number of engineering & manufacturing problems" at other companies under his umbrella, including Tesla and SpaceX, Bloomberg News reported at the time.
Zilis has "been floated" as a potential pick to run Twitter should Musk's $44 billion deal go through, Insider said.
Neither she nor Musk responded to a request for comment from the outlet. An attorney for Musk did not immediately return an email from The Daily Beast.
The twins were reportedly born just "weeks" before the SpaceX founder and musician Grimes had a baby daughter via surrogate. The girl, named Y, is the couple's second child. Her existence was also kept secret until March this year, when a Vanity Fair reporter sent to profile Grimes heard the "lone cry" of a baby upstairs.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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