How Elon Musk and Bill Gates fell out

On April 22, on Twitter, in the @wholemarsblog account, screenshots of the correspondence in the messenger of the richest man in the world, Elon Musk, with another billionaire, Bill Gates, appeared. “Are you still short half a billion against Tesla?” asked Musk, who is co-owner and CEO of an electric car manufacturer. “It’s embarrassing to say, but I haven’t closed it yet,” Gates replied and offered to discuss philanthropic issues. “I’m sorry, I can’t take your climate change philanthropy seriously when you have a huge short position against Tesla, the company that does the most to solve climate change,” Musk snapped. Judging by the design, the leak came from his phone. On the same day, Musk confirmed on Twitter that the correspondence really was: “But I didn’t leak it It must have been received from friends of friends.”

The next day, Musk tweeted a very vicious joke about Gates, a collage that showed a photo of Gates in a blue shirt on the left and a figure of a pregnant man in a blue T-shirt on the right. The caption read: “In case you need to knock down a boner quickly.” On Sunday, Musk posted an intriguing “Stop…” tweet. This caused a stir in the community: in the same days, he was negotiating the purchase of the social network Twitter, and a version immediately arose that he was refusing to take over. Hours later, the billionaire followed up with a tweet: “…poking fun at Gates for shorting Tesla along with statements of climate change support.”


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