Last month, Insider posted explosive report about the former SpaceX flight attendant who accused SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk of exposing himself and asking her to have sex in 2016, and who was paid $250,000 by the company to keep quiet. Musk immediately called the story a “politically motivated hit” and SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell defended Musk in a subsequent company-wide email. reports CNBC in which she wrote: “Personally, I consider the accusations to be false; not because I work for Elon, but because I have worked closely with him for 20 years and have never seen or heard anything like these accusations.”
Now for a new, much more damaging insider report. just appeared this puts Shotwell – and all the other insiders of Musk’s various companies – in an extremely uncomfortable position.
According to an article published this afternoon: “Court documents obtained by Insider show that tech mogul Elon Musk secretly had twins last November with one of his top executives, Siobhan Zilis. In April, Musk, 51, and Zilis, 36, petitioned to change the twins’ names to “have their father’s last name and include their mother’s last name as part of their middle name.” The order was approved by a judge in Austin, Texas, in May of this year. . . The twins were born weeks before Musk and Claire Boucher, the musician who plays Grimes, had their second child by surrogate mother in December.”
Until recently, the same page indicated that Zilis — a Yale University graduate who started her career at IBM and then invested on behalf of Bloomberg-backed venture capital Bloomberg Beta — includes Neuralink, Tesla, and OpenAI.
All three, of course, have close ties to Musk, who founded Neuralink, co-founded OpenAI, and took over Tesla back in 2008.
Specifically, Insider reports, Zilis first met Musk in 2016 when she was director of OpenAI, where she is now the youngest board member.
In 2017, she joined Tesla as a project director.
Today Zilis serves as Director of Operations and Special Projects for Neuralink, where Musk is co-CEO.
Insider adds that Zilis previously worked as a project director in the CEO’s office.
The publication also says that Zilis was recently announced as one of the people Musk could bring in to run Twitter after his acquisition.
TechCrunch has not independently verified the Insider account. Meanwhile, Musk, who is usually very active on Twitter and hasn’t responded to requests for comment from Insider (and neither has Zilis), has kept quiet for now, even though he tweeted last month that the declining U.S. birth rate is a “demographic issue.” disaster,” adding, “I mean, I’m doing my part haha.”
The biggest question this story raises, aside from how many children Musk plans to father — he appears to have at least nine children with different partners — is whether any of these companies have a fraternization policy that forbids romantic relationship between manager and employee. .
While most companies the size of Tesla and SpaceX ban dating between employees who are separated by two levels in the chain of command, Musk is not known for following the standard rules.
However, even if Neuralink, Tesla and OpenAI (where Musk dissociated himself in 2019) do not have an anti-fraternization policy, this is obviously a big distraction, it’s bad for morale, and it could open up companies to massive lawsuits from Zilis if she decides at some point in the future that he abused the power he held as CEO.
It’s also probably not welcomed by the US government, which is already cool to Tesla under the Biden administration.)
The reported development also makes the board of directors of Musk’s companies look startlingly weak and puts advocates like Shotwell in the unenviable position of having to convince employees that Musk shares their ethics. No doubt she is being asked to do so tonight.
We don’t envy her having to write the next corporate email.
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