So young guy working at the office on Wall Street is genuinely attracted to young woman who sits in a cubicle down the aisle from his own. He would love to ask her out but with the world the way it is and the company policy on personal relationships what it is, he is hesitant.
She might say “yes” and they eventually marry and live happily after. She might blow him off. Too short. Too poor. They might date casually for a while. Or she might report him for harassing her to company.
Who knows. Anything is possible. Besides, the company frowns on “personal relationships.” I personally know individuals who have lost their jobs for marrying someone in the firm. One of them was forced to resign.
And of course. we are talking about two equal plebes here with neither having seniority or a supervisory position over the other. He knows people have been fired for making a bad joke; everyone laughed but one person always finds it offensive.
Now all these rules apply except, of course, you are very rich. Then these rules do not apply.
Suppose you father twins with a woman who reports directly to you in the firm? Outta here, right?
Well, not if you’re Elon Musk.
Musk secretly had twins with his employee, Shivon Zills in 2021. With that, the wealthiest man in the world has now brought his tally up to nine children with three women, at least that we know of.
Zills is currently the Director of Operations and special projects at Neuralink, where Musk is co-CEO.
Zilis has also been an executive for several of Musk’s ventures, working at a project director for Tesla before joining OpenAI’s board of directors and later Neuralink, further scrambling professional boundaries.
Despite weeks of public outrage over the news of Zilis and Musk’s relationship and birth of their twins, Zilis has continued to work for Musk. According to Reuters‘ sources, the two have continued to helm internal and external company meetings together.
The babies, revealed in court documents earlier this year, cause a problem for Musk: the rules set in Neuralink’s 62-page employee handbook can’t quite account for the unusual relationship between Zilis and Musk, according to experts.
Human Resources directors everywhere are in a tizzy.
You see, the couple denies they have had a “romantic relationship.” They claim he impregnated her via IVF. “While experts disagree whether the relationship actually infracts on any rules in the company’s handbook, one fact remains: Musk impregnated one of his closest advisers and executive subordinates, a conflict-of-interest generator that undermines confidence in his judgment.”
Corporate governance cannot tolerate the young hooking up, having babies and then claiming there was “nothing romantic” about it. It was IVF. Right.
Besides, there’s evidence that the two have had or are in a romantic relationship. They both listed the same address in the document filings, for a multi-million dollar mansion in Austin, Texas.
Then there’s Zilis’ public adoration of Musk. In a tweet back in May 2020, Zilis said that she’d “never met anyone who goes through more personal pain to fight for an inspiring future for humanity — and has done so tirelessly for decades.”
It’s enough to make a girl damp.
In short, calling the relationship non-romantic or something that doesn’t fall under the “personal relationship” or “close friendship” header, as laid out in Neuralink’s code of conduct, is a stretch.
But you see, that book only applies to the plebes.
“There’s still a lot we don’t know about Zilis and Musk’s relationship. But it’s nonetheless a situation that should have anybody worried about other instances of high-level executives exploiting corporate power structures to have relationships, let alone children, with their subordinates.”
This week, Musk expressed concern on falling birth rates stating that “de-population of the planet is a bigger risk to civilization than global warming.” He was only doing his part.
I don’t know on what planet he lives but the population and birth rate may be falling in certain countries but certainly not globally. We are in no danger anytime soon of a de-population calamity. This ain’t Mars.
More likely our richest man in the world has an ego the size of Jupiter, having a good time spreading his seed around in his spare time.
Rules don’t apply to him
Musk recently got himself in trouble for exposing his penis to a flight attendant for SpaceX, his aerospace company, during a flight. He just threw $250,000 at her to settle the case in 2018.
Before that, in March, the second of the 3 mothers of his children welcomed a second baby with Musk who they named Exa Dark Siderael. Musk has already stated he intended to father more children. I guess nine is not enough.
However it might be a family trait.
Errol Musk, Elon’s estranged father and the family’s 76 year old patriarch, is in the news after confirming he fathered a second secret love child with his stepdaughter, Jana Bezuidenhout, 35.
Nice. Just the kind of role models we want for our kids. You can have lots of money and still be declasse.