The world’s richest man, apparently revealing that his co-billionaire was shorting Tesla stock, mocked him on Twitter with a crude post comparing the Microsoft founder’s emoji to emoticon of a pregnant man.
Musk captioned the puerile tweet: “in case you need to lose weight fast.”
The comments come hours after Musk confirmed on Twitter the veracity of a screenshot showing him confronting Gates over his half-billion dollar bet that Tesla stock would drop in price.
The purported text exchange was posted by Musk fan Omar Qazi – who is also his co-defendant in short seller Aaron Greenspan’s lawsuit – on Friday.
In it, Gates appears to be urging Musk on a philanthropic initiative to combat climate change — but first, Musk has a question:
“Are you still missing half a billion positions against Tesla?”
Answer: “Sorry to say I haven’t closed it yet. I would like to discuss the possibilities of philanthropy.”
Musk shot back, “Sorry, but I can’t take your philanthropy on climate change seriously when you take a stand against Tesla, the company that is doing its best to tackle climate change.” climate.”
The screenshots didn’t go any further.
Qazi asked Musk via tweet if the texts were “real”.
The tram king says they have but he doesn’t leak them.
“They have to get it through friends of friends. I have heard from many the people at TED that Gates still half a billion short of Tesla, that’s why I asked him, so it’s not exactly top secret,” he wrote.
An hour later, Musk posted an insult to Gates, followed shortly by a photo of six cloaked figures with the caption: “Darkness ban board considers tweets.”
Of course, Musk is looking to buy Twitterkeep it private and switch platforms.