Elon Musk Rebuffs Bill Gates’ Climate ‘Philanthropy’ Request in Scathing Text

Tesla CEO Elon Musk gestures as he visits a Tesla factory in Berlin, Germany, on Aug. 13, 2021. (Patrick Pleul/Pool via Reuters)

Elon Musk said he had confronted fellow billionaire Bill Gates over the Microsoft founder’s supposed holding of some $500 million in Tesla shorts in a series of testy text messages in which Musk rebuffed Gates’ request to discuss climate change philanthropy.

In an April 22 tweet, Musk confirmed the veracity of a text message exchange between him and Gates, in which the Microsoft founder admitted he was short-selling shares of Tesla, meaning that he was betting on the stock dropping in price.

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