Popular billionaire, Bill Gates has come out to open up about how Elon Musk confronted him over shorting $1.5 billion worth of Tesla stock. Recall that Musk publicly mocked Gates on X back in 2022 over shorting the electric car company’s stock while claiming to support climate change action.
In a biography of Musk set to be released this coming week, Walter Isaacson writes that in September of that year, Gates spoke to Musk and said he wanted to come see him to talk about philanthropy and climate at a meeting.
The meeting happened at Musk’s Austin, Texas, plant, where the SpaceX owner confronted Gates over the decision to short Tesla stock, Gates apologized for the move, one that cost him $1.5 billion, but Musk was still upset and became super mean to the Microsoft leader.
Reacting, Bill said, “But he’s super mean to so many people, so you can’t take it too personally.”
“How can someone say they are passionate about fighting climate change and then do something that reduced the overall investment in the company doing the most?”
“It’s pure hypocrisy. Why make money on the failure of a sustainable energy car company?”
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