Since then, Gates has faced questions about Musk’s claims during his interviews with mainstream media. When he was questioned about his rumored TSLA short in CNBC’s Squawk Box earlier this month, the tech titan seemed a bit uncomfortable, noting that he does not talk about his investments. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Gates was asked about his alleged short position against Tesla once more.
Gates’s response was quite vague as before, though he remarked that he wished he was long TSLA in the past. To many in the electric vehicle community, these remarks were practically a confirmation that Musk’s sources were right, and Gates really did short Tesla before.
“Well, you know, I think Tesla’s an amazing company. Uh, I wish I’d, you know, owned, been more on the long side. But, you know, it’s great. And you know, I have lots of relatives who own Teslas that I’ve helped buy for them. So you know, nothing but positive thoughts about Tesla and its role,” Gates said.
While Gates may have been short Tesla before, it appears that the tech titan has done an about-face on the Elon Musk-led EV company. This was notable in his CNBC and Bloomberg interviews when Gates highlighted that Tesla and Elon Musk’s accomplishments are remarkable. It remains to be seen if Gates will soon be a supporter of projects like the Tesla Semi as well, but for now, at least, the Microsoft co-founder seems to be supporting the Elon Musk-led EV venture, to the point where he has helped some of his family members acquire their own Teslas.
Watch Bill Gates’ recent interview with Bloomberg in the video below.