Elon Musk reportedly welcomed twins with one of his top executives last November, weeks before he welcomed his second child with singer Grimes.
According to court documents obtained by Insider, the tech mogul, 51, and top executive Shivon Zilis, 36, filed a petition to change their twins’ names.
The documents claim the parents wish their twins to “have their father’s last name and contain their mother’s last name as part of their middle name.”
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Insider reports the twins, whose names have been withheld for privacy, were born weeks before Musk and Grimes (whose real name is Claire Boucher) had their second child via surrogate in December 2021.
Musk, who is the wealthiest person in the world with an estimated net worth of about US$220 billion ($324 billion), has not yet commented on the news. Neither has Zilis.
How many children does Elon Musk have?
The reported arrival of Musk and Zilis’ twins means his known number of children now sits at nine.
He shares twin sons Griffin and Xavier Musk and triplet sons Kai, Saxon and Damian with his first wife, author Justine Wilson.
When Musk paired up with singer Grimes, the couple welcomed their unusually named tot X AE A-XII, as well as their daughter Exa Dark Sideræl Musk, who was born in December 2021.
Now he also shares twins with Zilis, who were born in November 2021.
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Who is Shivon Zilis?
Insider reports Zilis “is a rising star in Musk’s empire” who was even dubbed as a possible candidate to run Twitter if Musk takes ownership of the social media company.
Zilis first met Musk through her work with OpenAI, the artificial-intelligence not-for-profit he cofounded in 2015. She briefly worked at Tesla as a project director, but today works as director of operations and special projects for Neuralink, where Musk is a co-CEO.
Zilis is incredibly successful in her own right, and was reportedly on Forbes‘ 30 Under 30 list in the venture-capital category in 2015.
Since working with Musk, Zilis has been an open supporter and defender of the billionaire online, and even proclaimed her greatest “respect” for him.
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In 2020, in the face of some online criticism Musk received, Zilis was quick to respond.
“This makes me sad,” she tweeted.
“No one’s perfect but I’ve never met anyone who goes through more personal pain to fight for an inspiring future for humanity – and has done so tirelessly for decades.
“Everyone’s entitled to their opinion but mine is that there’s no one I respect and admire more.”
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