Outrageous billionaire and innovator Elon Musk has recently appeared in several scandals. In May it became known he had been accused of sexual harassment of SpaceX flight attendant, and last month he fired SpaceX employees who condemned his behavior in an open letter.
The new scandal puts Musk and all those who justified him in an even more uncomfortable position. According to the data of Business Insider, the billionaire has twins from one of the top executives, Shivon Zilis.
The children were born last November, and in April, Musk, 51, and Zilis, 36, filed to change their names to “have their father’s last name and contain their mother’s last name as part of their middle name.” In May, the court approved this request.
According to Insider, Zilis met Musk in 2016 as the director of OpenAI. She is currently the youngest member of the company’s board of directors. It is reported that in 2017 she also became a project director at Tesla. In addition, Zilis serves as director of operations and special projects at Neuralink, where Musk is one of the CEOs, and may join the management of Twitter if Musk does buy the company.
Looks like Musk already has nine children from different partners. However, the main question that this story raises is whether Musk’s companies have a ban on relationships between executives and employees. Most companies the size of Tesla and SpaceX and others have a rule that does not allow colleagues separated by two levels in the chain of authority to date. However, Musk is known for flouting traditional rules.
Having children also creates the risk of lawsuits from Zilis if she decides at some point that Musk has abused his leadership position. Finally, the scandal will have a bad effect on the reputation and may “cool” the billionaire’s relationship with the government, which is already sensitive to Tesla under the Biden administration.
So far, Elon Musk has not given a direct answer to the question of whether he really has children with his co-worker. However, he transparently hinted that it was true to his followers on Twitter.
“Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis. A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far,” he wrote.
Doing my best to help the underpopulation crisis.
A collapsing birth rate is the biggest danger civilization faces by far.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 7, 2022