Walter Isaacson talking on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Sept. twelfth, 2023.
Walter Isaacson’s e book “Elon Musk” hit cabinets Tuesday, and the creator instructed CNBC’s “Squawk Box” a couple of heated trade he documented between the Tesla CEO and Bill Gates.
Isaacson mentioned his e book chronicles the great, unhealthy and ugly behind Musk, and that one of many issues that upsets the billionaire is when folks brief Tesla inventory to try to make a revenue. Early final 12 months, Musk met with Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, who had beforehand shorted the automaker’s inventory and guess that it could lower in worth.
“The demons and dancing in Elon Musk’s head include people who short Tesla,” Isaacson mentioned Tuesday.
Bill Gates and Elon Musk
Gates wished to debate philanthropy efforts round local weather change with Musk, and Isaacson mentioned that since Musk didn’t have an assistant on the time, the 2 needed to textual content on to arrange the assembly. When Gates arrived, one of many first questions Musk requested was whether or not Gates was nonetheless shorting Tesla, and Gates answered actually: He was.
Isaacson mentioned Musk exploded, and Isaacson later obtained a textual content from Musk that referred to as Gates “insane” amongst different issues.
Representatives for Gates and Musk didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Read extra concerning the encounter in an excerpt from Isaacson’s e book right here.