Elon Musk says he asked Bill Gates if he had shorted Tesla stock

Bill Gates approached him about philanthropy, and Musk sent him a text message asking if he had shorted Tesla stock. The Tesla CEO responded to a Twitter question by saying, “yeah,” adding, “but I didn’t leak it to the NYT.

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A Gates spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Musk has previously stated that Gates has a short view of Tesla and that conversations with him have been disappointing.