- THE BLAZE - PAUL SACCA - APR 23, 2022 -
Elon Musk with a net worth of nearly $270 billion, and Bill Gates with a net worth of $130 billion, are the two of the top four richest people in the world. However, the rivalry doesn't stop at which billionaire has the deepest pockets. Musk was purportedly perturbed by Gates having little faith in the future of Tesla, so the SpaceX CEO left the Microsoft founder high and dry.
Alleged leaked text messages show a back-and-forth between the two billionaires that ends on a sour note. What began as a philanthropic opportunity ended with Musk telling Gates to get lost.
Screenshots of an alleged text message conversation between Gates and Musk was shared on Twitter by an account named "Whole Mars Catalog."
The purported text messages begin with Gates arranging a meeting with Musk to discuss philanthropy on climate change. Gates appears to confirm a day and time to speak with Musk about an opportunity – to which Musk responded, "Great." Gates told the Tesla CEO that he "just landed," and Musk replied, "Cool."
Musk then reportedly texted Gates, "Do you still have a half billion dollar short position against Tesla?"
Gates answered, "Sorry to say I haven't closed it out."