According to Reuters, in vitro fertilization (IVF) was used to create the twins that Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc., fathered with Shivon Zilis, an executive at Neuralink.
The brain chip business that Musk owns is called Neuralink. Zilis, 36, reportedly informed her coworkers that she was not romantically involved with Musk and that the two of them were not dating.
She told several of her coworkers that she had created the children with the Tesla CEO through IVF, according to five persons familiar with the incident. Reuters was unable to confirm the veracity of Zilis’ claim, though.
The twins were born in November to Zills, a five-year Neuralink employee. Just before Musk and his ex-partner, musician Claire Elise Boucher, best known as Grimes, welcomed a kid in December, the children were born.
Zilis and Musk filed a petition with a Texas court in April asking for permission to give the kids middle names that included both their parents’ last names.
At the neurotechnology company, Zilis has been serving as Musk’s director of operations and special projects.
In order to prevent any conflicts of interest, Neuralink’s business policy forbids relationships between managers and subordinates.
However, according to Reuters, the business accepted Zilis’ justification that her bond with Musk was platonic. Thus, she has been given permission to carry on in her position.
Since revealing they had children, Musk and Zills have kept up their collaboration. To what extent Musk crossed ethical lines by having children with Zilis, corporate governance specialists who Reuters consulted were split.
Recently, Musk dispatched Zilis to set up a meeting between Thomas Oxley, the CEO of Neuralink’s rival Synchron, and himself.
With three different women, Musk has fathered 10 children, one of whom passed away as an infant. The demographic decrease and low birthrates are issues that Musk has brought up.
Musk discussed population decline last year and suggested that individuals should prioritize having more children.