Bill Gates spotted for the first time since his split from Melinda in an Instagram picture with his daughter Jennifer

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Bill Gates and Jennifer Gates attend Global Champions Tour of Monaco at Port de Hercule in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, on June 30, 2018.

  • Bill Gates appeared on his daughter Jennifer’s Instagram story on Thursday evening.
  • The picture is the first of the billionaire since announcing his divorce to his wife, Melinda Gates.
  • “Nothing better than quality time with family members,” Jennifer, 25, captioned the image.
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Bill Gates appeared on his eldest daughter’s Instagram story on Thursday evening, making his first appearance since announcing his divorce from wife Melinda Gates.

“Nothing better than quality time with family members,” Jennifer, 25, captioned the image, which is no longer on her story but can be seen here.

In the photo, a smiling Gates stands with his arm around his daughter, wearing shorts and a blue polo shirt. It is unclear where the photo was taken.

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Bill and Melinda announced their divorce on May 3, saying in a joint statement: “We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives.”

They were married for 27 years of marriage and had three kids together.

It’s unclear what the main causes of the split were but a source told People Magazine the couple wanted to wait until their youngest daughter turned 18 before they announced the divorce.

Reports have suggested that Melinda Gates sought divorce lawyers in 2019, about the same time as Gates’ ties with Jeffrey Epstein surfaced.

Gates was at his $12.5 million mansion at The Vintage Club in California when news of his divorce broke, a source told Page Six this week. He had been staying at the exclusive golf resort for three months, the source said.

This is not the first time Jennifer has shared her thoughts on her family on Instagram.

Shortly after the divorce announcement, the 25-year-old posted another story that read: “It’s been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family. I’m still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so.”

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Inside the life of Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer, an elite equestrian who stands to inherit ‘a minuscule portion’ of her father’s $130 billion fortune

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An accomplished equestrian, Jennifer Gates will reportedly receive a “minuscule portion” of her father’s wealth.

Jennifer Gates, 25, is the eldest daughter of the billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. She has two younger siblings, Rory and Phoebe.

Jennifer Gates

Source: CNBC

While their father might be famous for founding Microsoft, Entrepreneur reported that the Gates kids had a “cap on screen time” growing up. Gates also wasn’t allowed to own a phone until she was 14.

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Source: Entrepreneur

Gates and her siblings attended her father’s alma mater, Seattle’s private Lakeside High School.

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Gates graduated from Stanford University in 2018 with a degree in human biology and took a year off to focus on her equestrian passion before going to medical school. She told Sidelines Magazine her childhood pediatrician inspired her to pursue medicine.

Jennifer Gates

Source: CNN, Business Insider, Sidelines Magazine

She’s an accomplished equestrian and has been riding since she was 6. One of her favorite horses is named Alex. “He is super sweet, down-to-earth, easy-going, but you can also go fast and have a lot of confidence, so I am really excited about him,” she told US Equestrian in November 2017.

Jennifer Gates horse

Source: Herald Weekly, US Equestrian

To support her passion, Gates’ father set about buying property in Wellington, Florida, a hot spot for wealthy equestrians. The Miami Herald reported he dropped $37 million to buy a whole string of properties near Laurene Powell Jobs’ estate.

Jennifer Gates horse

Source: The Daily Mail, The Real Deal, The Miami Herald, Business Insider

Gates has competed against Eve Jobs, as well as other famous show jumpers born to celebrities and high-profile figures, like Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica, and Steven Spielberg’s daughter Destry.

Eve Jobs horse equestrian

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While she was a student at Stanford, Gates told the Horse Network that balancing school and horseback riding made her life “a little busy, but I love doing both.”

Jennifer Gates horse

Source: Horse Network

Beyond her education and her horseback riding, Gates also makes time to travel. Her Instagram highlights past trips to Kuwait, Spain, Australia, and other exciting places.

Jennifer Gates

Source: Instagram

Bill Gates is determined for his children to forge their own paths in life. In 2011, he told The Daily Mail that his kids would each get a “minuscule portion” of his wealth, which Forbes estimates stands at $130.5 billion. “It will mean they have to find their own way,” he said.

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Bill Gates participates in a media availability on agricultural research, Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Source: The Daily Mail, CNBC, Forbes

Gates is enrolled at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine. She just finished her first year remotely. Gates told The Chronicle of the Horse in March that all of her medical-school classes had been temporarily moved online because of the coronavirus.

Jennifer Gates

Source: ET, New York Post, Instagram, The Chronicle of the Horse

The New York Post reported that in 2017, her parents bought a $5 million condo that’s only blocks from her medical school.

Jennifer Melinda Gates

Source: New York Post

In January 2020, Gates announced her engagement to the renowned Egyptian equestrian Nayel Nassar. Nassar also attended Stanford University. “I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing, and loving together,” she wrote on Instagram at the time.

jennifer gates nayel nassar

Source: Forbes Middle East, Business Insider

Gates and Nassar are both riders for Paris Panthers, a show-jumping team founded by Gates, who also manages the team. In 2019, they competed and placed ninth in the Global Champions League.

Jennifer Gates Nayel Nassar

Source: CNN

Like her parents, Gates has also expressed an interest in using her privilege to help others. “I was born into a huge situation of privilege,” Gates recently told Sidelines Magazine in an interview for the publication’s July issue, “and I think it’s about using those opportunities and learning from them to find things that I’m passionate about and hopefully make the world a little bit of a better place.”

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Source: Business Insider, Sidelines Magazine

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