“Sorry to say I haven’t closed it yet,” Gates replies, adding in another text, “I’d like to discuss the possibilities for philanthropy.”
Musk responds that he can’t take Gates’ philanthropy on climate change seriously “when you have a short-term stand against Tesla, the company that is doing everything it can to solve climate change.”
“Yes,” Musk replied, “but I didn’t leak it to the New York Times.” They must have gotten it through friends of friends. I heard from several people at TED that Gates still has half a billion short of Tesla, which is why I asked him, so it’s not entirely confidential.”
Short selling means that the investor is borrowing stock Assuming it will go down, which benefits them.
Musk was also vulgarly trolling Gates tweet Friday Comparison of a photo of a man with an emoji from Seattle.
The New York Times did not appear to have reported the transcripts until early Sunday.
The Tesla CEO did not say when the exchange took place and it was not clear where the screenshot had appeared.
Gates has not yet publicly commented on the scripts.
Two businessmen were at odds in the past.
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