Leaked WhatsApp messages have brought to light a bitter dispute between Bill Gates and Elon Musk, which has ended with a bad joke by the CEO of SpaceX.
In recent years, Bill Gates has been engaged in various philanthropic activities focused on health and climate change. Elon Muskfor its part, leads the sales of electric cars that are considered decisive for avoid climate change. Everything suggested that they would get along… but no. And for once, it looks like Elon Musk is right.
According to Business Insider, last Friday Some WhatsApp messages where Bill Gates asked for a meeting with Elon Musk were leaked to talk about aphilanthropic collaboration related to climate change“.
Elon Musk gladly accepted the appointment, and Bill Gates came to go to the city where they had stayed. But Tesla CEO abruptly canceled the meeting, when he found out that Bill Gates was giving him a stab in the back. Elon himself has confirmed that the messages are real:
Yeah, but I didn’t leak it to NYT. They must have got it through friends of friends.
I heard from multiple people at TED that Gates still had half a billion short against Tesla, which is why I asked him, so it’s not exactly top secret.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 23, 2022
According to experts, because of the colors they seem messages extracted from Elon Musk’s mobilebut he has assured that he did not leak them to the press, that they would have been “friends of friends“.
After arranging the meeting, Elon Musk found out something he didn’t knowand asked Gates directly: “Do you still have a $500 million short position against Tesla?“.
“I’m sorry to say I haven’t closed it“, Gates replied. And still he insisted: “I would like to discuss the possibilities regarding philanthropy“.
But Elon Musk made things clear: “I’m sorry, but I can’t take your philanthropic work on climate change seriously when you’re massively short against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change.“.
What is a short position in stock terms? It is a maneuver in which a person or entity sells shares with the condition of recovering them if they fall in price, paying much less for them. That is, it is about a kind of bet on the decline in the share price. And when they go down, you make a lot of money.
Bill Gates confirm in the messages you have a short position of no less than 500 million dollars against Teslaso it is entirely logical that Elon Musk would feel betrayed and would not want to collaborate with Gates, if he is betting that his company’s stock will go down.
It is also difficult to understand that a person who supports the fight against climate change, bet against a company that fights against that climate changeas is Tesla.
It seems that Elon Musk is right to reject the meeting with Bill Gates, but as usual, couldn’t help but behave childishly, by posting this unfortunate message on Twitter where he compares Bill Gates to a pregnant man and says: “In case you need to lose an erection quickly“:
A message that seems inappropriate for a CEO of a large company, and that very possibly will be the owner of Twitter soon.
If this is the level on which the new rules he wants to impose on Twitter are going to be based, something tells us that he is not going to have a very peaceful reign…
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism