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  • Billionaire Musk becomes a father of 12
  • E. Musk's mission - to promote fertility
  • It is possible to have a thousand offspring in a lifetime
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Elon Musk has twelve children already. ELTA

Billionaire Musk becomes a father of 12

Billionaire innovator and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk has confirmed that he had a baby with Neuralink CEO Shivona Zili earlier this year. This is the couple's third child together and Musk's twelfth child.

The 52-year-old business tycoon says that this baby's arrival has not been kept secret[1].

"As for some kind of secret parenthood, that's not true either. All our friends and family know. The fact that we have not issued a press release, which would be strange, does not mean that it was secret," he said.

The baby, whose name or gender is not being disclosed, is billionaire Musk's twelfth child. He already has two children, twins, with Zili. They were born at the end of 2021.

In a biography of Musk published by Walter Isaacson in 2023, Zili revealed that the billionaire "wants very much for smart people to have children" and offered to be a sperm donor so that her children would be genetically his.

In September 2023, Musk and his previous partner, the musician Grimes, had their third child, Techno Mechanius. Grimes and Musk's first child, a boy, was named X Æ A-Xii, or X. A few years later, they announced the birth of a girl, Exa Dark Sideræl, nicknamed Y.

E. Musk has been married twice before. He met his first wife, Canadian writer Justine Wilson while studying at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. They got engaged in 2000 and two years later had their first child, a boy, Alexander Musk of Nevada. However, the couple's firstborn tragically died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome when he was just 10 weeks old.

In 2004, Wilson and Musk had twins Griffin and Vivian and in 2006 triplets Kai, Saxon and Damian. Musk was also married to actress Talulah Riley, but the couple never had children together[2].

E. Musk said that the low birth rate is a problem. ELTA
E. Musk said that the low birth rate is a problem. ELTA

E. Musk's mission - to promote fertility

E. Musk has repeatedly spoken about the serious problem of low birth rates and urged people in developed countries to have more children.

"My advice to all government leaders and people is: make sure you have children to create a new generation," he said.

E. Musk has argued that population decline due to low fertility poses a far greater threat to civilization than global warming. He also shared a link to World Bank data showing that the world's fertility rate is at its lowest since 1960. In the past, Musk has said that we, as a society, need to increase our birth rate in order to resist aging[3].

There are now over 8 billion people in the world. The world population is expected to reach 10.4 billion by 2080 and may start to decline by 2100. Other models predict a world population of around 8.8 billion in 2100.

Current population growth is not due to higher birth rates. The world's population growth is due to fewer people dying young.

The average life expectancy worldwide was 72.8 years in 2019, an increase of nine years since 1990. It is expected to increase to 77.2 years by 2050.

It is possible to have a thousand offspring in a lifetime

Although it is difficult, if not impossible, to confirm historical records, it is believed that Genghis Khan, the former Kagan of the Mongol Empire, is the man who had the most children. The number of direct descendants of his huge harem ranges from 1 000 to 3 000.

A 2003 study estimated that 16 million men alive today are direct descendants of Genghis Khan[4].

Similar studies have shown that the Y chromosome line is linked to at least ten other extraordinarily fertile fathers, including the Genghis dynasty's ruler, Jokhang.

Of course, modern times have brought innovative and up-to-date technology, which has created new opportunities to pass on one's genetic lineage.

For example, the research of the physiologist Bertold Wiesner has led to innovations in pregnancy tests and oral contraception, but it is perhaps ironic that the man who has played an important role in helping women to avoid unwanted pregnancies is almost at the very top of the humanity's leaderboard in terms of the number of people who have had the most children[5].

Together with his wife, he founded a fertility clinic in London in the 1940s, working on a then-controversial artificial insemination project. Wiesner was the sperm donor in around 40% of the 1 500 pregnancies that the clinic facilitated, making him the father of around 600 children.

Recently, a Dutch court case revealed that Jonathan Jacob Meijer, a 40-year-old Dutch musician, had fathered between 550 and 600 children as a result of sperm donation[6].

In online advertisements promoting his suitability as a sperm donor, he described himself as a "musical Viking donor". His profile has attracted the interest of many women not only in the Netherlands, but also in Ukraine, Argentina, Australia and elsewhere.