Elon Musk has confirmed leaked texts between him and Bill Gates in which he brutally declined the Microsoft founder’s offer to work together.
Elon Musk confirmed on Friday that he declined to collaborate with Bill Gates on climate change over text messages because the Microsoft co-founder Tesla fell short.
In the lyrics, the two billionaires appear to meet somewhere before Musk asks Gates if he still has a “half a billion dollar short position against Tesla”.
Gates replies, “Sorry I haven’t closed it yet,” he adds in another text, “I’d like to discuss philanthropy opportunities.”
Musk responds that he can’t take Gates’s climate change philanthropy “seriously if you have a huge short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change.”
The SpaceX billionaire confirmed Friday night the accuracy of a screenshot of the text exchange posted to Twitter by @WholeMarsBlog, who wrote “No idea if this is true lol” and asked Musk about it.
“Yeah,” Musk replied, “but I didn’t leak it to NYT. They must have gotten it through friends of friends. I heard from several people at TED that Gates was still half a billion short against Tesla, that’s why I asked him, so it’s not exactly top secret.”
Shorting means that an investor borrows stocks assuming they will fall and take advantage of them.
Musk also trolled Gates with a vulgar tweet On Friday, a photo of the Seattleite is compared to an emoji of a pregnant man.
It didn’t appear The New York Times had reported about the texts from early Sunday.
Tesla’s CEO did not say when the exchange took place and it was not clear where the screenshot came from.
Gates has not yet publicly commented on the lyrics.
The two businessmen have been at odds in the past.
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