Musk turned down climate deal with Gates over Tesla stock position

Elon Musk, the richest man on the planet and the brains behind some of the most game-changing initiatives known to mankind, is making headlines for all sorts of reasons over the past few weeks.

According to Fox Business, over the weekend a number of leaked text messages showed that Musk and Bill Gates were on the verge of collaborating on a massive climate change initiative. The messages showed an exchange between the two, which ended with Musk ditching the deal over Gates’ refusal to exit his short position on Tesla stock at the time. 

A Twitter user posted a screenshot of the alleged exchange, captioning it with “No idea if this is true lol.”

Musk, not one to hold back, verified the authenticity of the exchange, which clearly showed that he rejected working with Gates. “But I didn’t leak it to NYT,” Musk wrote. “They must have got it through friends of friends. I heard from multiple people at TED that Gates still had half billion short against Tesla, which is why I asked him, so it’s not exactly top secret.”

The SpaceX and Tesla founder had asked Gates in a text if he had closed his “half billion dollar short position against Tesla.”

Gates replied, “Sorry to say I haven’t closed it yet,” adding in another text: “I would like to discuss philanthropy possibilities.”

Obviously, that was the wrong answer as far as his opportunity to work with Musk, a billionaire who gets things done like nobody else can. Musk said he couldn’t take Gates “seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change.”

Musk made waves once again on Monday, closing the highly-anticipated deal to acquire Twitter at a staggering $44 billion price tag, Fox Business reported.

The news regarding the purchase dominated headlines, with liberal media networks in full hysterics over the possibility of losing their largest social media ally. Conservatives on Twitter rallied and cheered the news, as Musk has vowed to make Twitter a true free speech platform.