World’s richest man challenges fellow billionaire climate stance, comparing him to ‘pregnant man’ emoji
Tesla CEO Elon Musk had a devastating comeback for Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates after Gates tried to interest him in “vegetablephilanthropy, accusing the software mogul of not taking climate change seriously by pointing out that Gates had cut the shares of Tesla, the US leader in electric vehicles, by half a billion dollars.
The conversation went public on Friday, with Gates apologizing for the brief (“Sorry to say I didn’t close it“), urging the SpaceX founder to overlook that fact and “discuss philanthropic opportunities” with him.
So apparently Bill Gates struck @Elon Musk to discuss “philanthropy on climate change”, 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 this is true lol pic.twitter.com/iuHkDG3bAd
— Whole Mars Catalog (@WholeMarsBlog) Apr 22, 2022
†Sorry, I can’t take your climate change philanthropy seriously if you have a huge short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate changeMusk replied. The billionaire has acknowledged that the conversation actually took place, but claimed on Twitter that he was not aware of how it had been leaked to the New York Times.
Musk, however, suggested that Gates’ short position on Tesla “not really top secret”, claiming he had heard from multiple people at the TED conference earlier this month that the philanthropist “still had half a billion short against Tesla†
Musk followed up that tweet with a side-by-side image of Gates and the “pregnant man” emoji, both dressed in blue shirts and with markedly bulging bellies, captioning the diptych “in case you need to lose a boner quickly.†
He also poked fun at his own trolls, suggesting the “shadow ban council” viewed his pregnant Gates tweet.
Musk made an offer last week to buy Twitter for $43 billion after acquiring 9.1% of the company earlier this month. The social media giant has made an effort to block the takeover, using a “poison pill” tactic that would allow other shareholders to acquire larger stakes in the company at a steep discount if a shareholder owns more than 15% of the stake. company would check.
Musk has resources to thwart Twitter’s ‘poison pill’ – reports
However, Musk is reportedly working to get around the strategy and has threatened the Twitter board with liquidation because it would have acted against the interests of shareholders if the deal eventually goes through.
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