Elon Musk tweets that he faced Bill Gates about shorting Tesla

CEO of Tesla Elon Musk states he faced fellow billionaire Bill Gates about whether he was shorting Tesla’s stock. Musk is seen here at the Tesla Giga Texas production “Cyber Rodeo” grand opening celebration on April 7, 2022.

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Elon Musk has actually implicated Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates of shorting Tesla.

In a tweet on Friday, the Tesla CEO confessed that he asked Gates if he was short-selling shares of the electrical carmaker. When financiers short a stock, they are wagering that the cost of the property will fall.

“I heard from multiple people at TED that Gates still had half billion short against Tesla, which is why I asked him, so it’s not exactly top secret,” Musk stated in the tweet.

He was responding to a Twitter user’s question on whether a screengrab of an expected text discussion in between the 2 billionaires was genuine.

The Tesla chief’s action was: “Yeah, but I didn’t leak it to NYT. They must have got it through friends of friends.”

In the text exchange, which couldn’t be independently verified by CNBC, Musk asked Gates: “Do you still have a half billion dollar short position against Tesla?”

To which Gates responded: “Sorry to say I haven’t closed it out. I would like to discuss philanthropy possibilities.”

Musk shot back: “Sorry, I cannot take your philanthropy on climate change seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change.”

A representative for Bill Gates was not instantly readily available for remark when gotten in touch with by CNBC.

Gates informed NYT viewpoint author Kara Swisher in 2015: “It’s important to say that what Elon did with Tesla is one of the greatest contributions to climate change anyone’s ever made. And you know, underestimating Elon is not a good idea.”

But he went on to include that what Tesla was doing was “easy stuff, like passenger cars.” Gates highlighted the requirement to make a higher influence on environment modification by dealing with other markets.

“We’re basically not doing enough on the hard stuff: steel, cement, meat,” he stated at that time. “And sadly, the things people think about — the electricity, passenger cars — are a third of the problem. So we have to work on the two-thirds.”

“If all you pay attention to is those short-term metrics, not the green premiums across the board, then you miss out on what is the longest lead time, which is the hard stuff.”

It’s not the very first time the 2 males have actually had a public difference.

When Gates exposed in 2020 that he purchased himself an all-electric Porsche Taycan, a Twitter user asked: “I wonder why Bill Gates decided to go with the Taycan instead of a Tesla.”

Musk responded in a tweet: “My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh [to be honest].”

Musk has actually likewise formerly hypothesized on the possibility of Gates shorting his business’s stock. Asked about those remarks and whether he was brief Tesla, Gates informed CNBC in 2015: “I don’t talk about my investments but I think he should be very proud of what he’s done.”

In a Bloomberg interview likewise in February 2021, Gates stated that he wanted he had “been more on the long side” of Tesla when inquired about Musk’s claims.

— CNBC’s Todd Haselton and Ryan Browne added to this report


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