Source: Carmine Sabia

Billionaire Elon Musk just shredded fellow billionaire, and Microsoft founder, Bill Gates in a new tweet comparing him to a pregnant man emoji.

But what is more, the Tesla, SpaceX and Starlink CEO confirmed that a leaked conversation between him and Gates, where he told Gates to pound salt when he asked him to discuss climate change philanthropy, was real.

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“So apparently Bill Gates hit up @elonmusk to discuss ‘philanthropy on climate change’ but Elon asked if he still had a half billion dollar short position on $TSLA. Bill said he hasn’t closed it out, so Elon told him to get lost. No idea if this is true lol,” a person said on Twitter and in a subsequent tweet asked Musk if it was true.

“Yeah, but I didn’t leak it to NYT. They must have got it through friends of friends. I heard from multiple people at TED that Gates still had half billion short against Tesla, which is why I asked him, so it’s not exactly top secret,” he said.

Musk followed that with another tweet featuring a side by side photo of Gates and a pregnant man emoji with the caption “in case u need to lose a boner fast.”

This week Musk said he has some changes in mind for Twitter if his bid to take over the company is successful.

“If our twitter bid succeeds, we will defeat the spam bots or die trying!” he said. “And authenticate all real humans.”

He made the tweets after he said in a new filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that he had secured $46.5 billion to purchase Twitter from three sources that includes $21 billion of his own funds, $13 billion from Morgan Stanley and $12.5 billion from other banks.

It was originally reported by The New York Post that Musk was actively searching for investors to raise around $10 billion in his takeover efforts.

It also said that he was prepared to invest $15 billion of his own money and wants to make his move within 10 days.

The Tesla tycoon — who is worth $270 billion, according to Forbes — is angling to finance his $43 billion bid to acquire Twitter in a complex deal that raises debt against both the company and possibly his own stock, as well as a giant cash equity infusion from co-investors, The Post has learned.

Still, insiders say Musk appears to be facing hurdles in raising the money. In addition to doubts about whether Twitter is worth the $54.20 a share that Musk offered on Thursday, sources said some investors appear skittish over his pattern of unpredictable behavior and taste for controversy.

Musk himself is willing to invest between $10 billion and $15 billion of his own cash to take Twitter private, two sources close to the situation said. That’s up from the current 9.1% stake in the company he revealed on April 4, which is worth about $3.4 billion.

He may even be willing to borrow against his current stake which could bring in several billion dollars.

“The co-investors will combined have more equity than Musk but he will be the biggest single holder,” a source said.

The billionaire has hired Morgan Stanley to help him raise $10 billion in debt to execute a traditional leveraged buyout.

“Private equity firms don’t get paid for headline risk,” a source said, citing the billionaire’s penchant for controversy.

“A lot of private equity firms are doing the work and struggling on the valuation,” another source said. “This is not growing like Instagram or TikTok. You can only raise $10 billion of bank debt, and then maybe some preferred shares. Twitter does not have a whole lot of cash flow.”