World’s richest man challenges fellow billionaire’s climate stance, compares him to ‘pregnant man’ emoji
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has made a hot comeback for Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates after Gates tried to interest him in “greenphilanthropy, accusing the software magnate of not taking climate change seriously by pointing out that Gates had shorted the stock of Tesla, the US electric vehicle market leader, for half a billion dollars.
The conversation went public on Friday, with Gates apologizing for the short (“Sorry to say I didn’t close it”), while urging the SpaceX founder to ignore this fact and “discuss philanthropy opportunities” with him.
So apparently Bill Gates hit @Elon Musk to discuss “climate change philanthropy,” but Elon asked if he still had a half-billion-dollar short position on $TSLA. Bill said he didn’t close it, so Elon told him to get lost. No idea if that’s true lol pic.twitter.com/iuHkDG3bAd
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“Sorry, I can’t take your climate change philanthropy seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate changeretorted Musk. The billionaire acknowledged the conversation really took place, but claimed on Twitter that he had no idea how it leaked to The New York Times.
However, Musk suggested that Gates’ short position on Tesla was “not exactly top secret“, saying he had heard from several people at the TED talk earlier this month that the philanthropist”still had half a billion short against Tesla.”
Musk followed that tweet up with a side-by-side image of Gates and the “pregnant man” emoji, both wearing blue shirts and sporting decidedly convex bellies, captioning the diptych “in case you need to lose a goof quickly.”
He also poked fun at his own trolling, suggesting the “shadow ban board” reviewed her pregnant-Gates tweet.
Musk made an offer to buy Twitter last week for $43 billion after acquiring 9.1% of the company earlier this month. The social media giant rushed to block the acquisition, deploying a ‘poison pill’ tactic that would allow other shareholders to acquire larger stakes in the company at a steep discount if one shareholder controlled more 15% of the company.
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However, Musk is reportedly working to circumvent the strategy and has threatened Twitter’s board of directors with liquidation for allegedly acting against shareholder interests if the deal is ultimately to go through.
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