Shivon Zilis

Shivon Alice Zilis (born February 8, 1986) is a Canadian venture capitalist who works in the technology and artificial intelligence fields.

Shivon Zilis
Shivon Alice Zilis[1]

(1986-02-08) February 8, 1986 (age 37)
Alma materYale University (B.A., 2008)

Early life and educationEdit

Shivon Alice Zilis was born in Markham, Ontario, Canada on 8 February 1986 to Sharda, a Punjabi Indian, and Richard, a white Canadian.[2] She is an only child and one of her parents is a former federal bureaucrat. Zilis graduated from Markham's Unionville High School. She graduated from Yale University on academic and athletic financial aid in 2008, with degrees in economics and philosophy.[3] She identifies with philosophers Friedrich Nietzsche and David Hume.[2] At Yale, she played on the ice hockey team and is credited with one of the all-time best save percentages as a goalkeeper at the school.[3] Outside of athletics, she played the drums and guitar and read literature.[4] Zilis was inspired by Canadian band Our Lady Peace to read the 1999 book The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil, and has studied artificial intelligence ever since.[5]


After graduating from Yale, Zilis initially planned to return to Canada but instead started her career at IBM in New York, working in financial technologies in developing countries, especially Peru and Indonesia.[6] From 2012 to 2018, she was one of the founding investors and partner of Bloomberg Beta, funded by Bloomberg L.P., utilizing what she calls "machine intelligence".[7] She is a Fellow at the Creative Destruction Lab (a machine learning incubator at University of Toronto), on the board of Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, and a charter member of C100.

She co-hosts an annual conference at the University of Toronto that brings together the foremost authors, academics, founders, and investors in machine intelligence.[citation needed] She was named among LinkedIn's 35 Under 35.[citation needed] In 2015, Zilis was listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for venture capital.[8] Zilis serves as director of operations and special projects at Neuralink and reports directly to Elon Musk.[9] Zilis met Musk through her non-profit work at OpenAI, of which she is currently a board member. Although Musk co-founded OpenAI, as of 2019, he is no longer involved in the organization or its board.[10][11] From 2017 to 2019, she served as a project director for Tesla, Inc.'s Autopilot product and chip design team.[5][11]

Personal lifeEdit

In July 2022, it was revealed through the obtaining of Travis County, Texas court documents that Zilis had twins with Elon Musk who were born in November 2021. Executives claimed that they were born via in vitro fertilization (IVF).[12][13] She stated in 2020, that Musk is the person she admires most despite criticism towards him.[11] According to court documents to register the twins' names, Musk and Zilis listed the same address in Austin.[14]


  1. ^ Marcus, Josh (6 July 2022). "Elon Musk secretly fathered twins with Neuralink executive Shivon Zilis: report". – via The Independent.
  2. ^ a b Sathian, Sanjena (29 May 2015). "Shivon Zilis, nerd-athlete investor". USA Today – via OZY.
  3. ^ a b "Yale goalie earns honour for academic skills". 19 March 2008.
  4. ^ "35 - Shivon Zilis". Yale University Athletics.
  5. ^ a b "The Future of Brain Machine Interfaces - Shivon Zilis, Project Director at Neuralink CUCAI 2021". Canadian Undergraduate Conference on AI. 13 March 2021 – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Tedesco, Theresa (11 February 2015). "Hockey skills helped Canadian stickhandle on to Forbes Top 30 young investors list". Financial Post.
  7. ^ "The Current State of Machine Intelligence". Bloomberg. 11 December 2014.
  8. ^ "2015 30 Under 30: Venture Capital". Forbes. 5 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Elon Musk has new twins with Neuralink exec". TechCrunch. 6 July 2022. Retrieved 9 July 2022.
  10. ^ Gismatullin, Edward (17 February 2019). "Elon Musk Left OpenAI to Focus on Tesla, SpaceX". Bloomberg.
  11. ^ a b c Safronova, Valeriya (7 July 2022). "How Many Children Does Elon Musk Have?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 8 July 2022.
  12. ^ "Elon Musk and Neuralink exec had twins via IVF, no romance: Report". Business Insider.
  13. ^ Lerman, Rachel. "Shivon Zilis, who reportedly had twins with Elon Musk, is an AI expert". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ Black, Julia (6 July 2022). "Elon Musk had twins last year with one of his top executives". Business Insider. Archived from the original on 7 July 2022. Retrieved 9 July 2022.