Elon Musk Confirms He Rejected Bill Gates In Collaboration On Climate Change For Shortening Tesla

Elon Musk confirmed on Friday that he refused to work with Bill Gates on climate change via text message because the Microsoft co-founder was shorting Tesla.

In the texts, the two billionaires appear ready to meet up somewhere before Musk asks Gates if he still has a “half a billion dollar short position against Tesla.”

Gates replies, “I’m sorry to say I haven’t closed it yet,” adding in another text, “I’d like to talk about the philanthropic possibilities.”

Musk counters that he can’t take Gates’ philanthropy on climate change seriously “when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company that’s doing the most to solve climate change.”


Elon Musk and Bill Gates have been at odds in the past. (Getty/AP/Getty Images)

SpaceX billionaire on Friday night confirmed the veracity of a screenshot of the text exchange posted by @WholeMarsBlog who wrote “I have no idea if this is true lol” and asked Musk about it.

“Yeah,” Musk replied, “but I didn’t leak it to the NYT. They must have gotten it through friends of friends. I heard from several people at TED that Gates still had half a billion dollars against Tesla, so that’s why I asked him, so It’s not exactly top secret.”

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk Speaks at Tesla Giga Texas Manufacturing "cyber rodeo" grand opening party in Austin, Texas, on April 7, 2022. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at the Tesla Giga Texas Manufacturing “Cyber ​​Rodeo” grand opening party in Austin, Texas on April 7, 2022. (Photo by SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via GettyImages) (SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Shorting means that an investor borrows shares on the assumption that they will go down, profiting.

Musk also trolled Gates with a vulgar cheep Friday comparing a photo of the Seattleite with a pregnant man emoji.

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Bill Gates attends the Global Leaders Summit session ‘Accelerating Clean Technology Innovation and Deployment’ on the third day of COP26 on November 2, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland. ((Photo by Jeff J Mitchell – Pool/Getty Images) / Getty Images)

The texts did not appear to have been reported by the New York Times until early Sunday morning.


Tesla’s CEO did not say when the exchange occurred and it was unclear where the screenshot originated.

Gates has yet to comment publicly on the texts.

The two businessmen have been at loggerheads in the past.

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