• Eve Jobs and Jennifer Gates are fierce competitors.
• Unlike their fathers, their rivalry has nothing to do with the world of tech.
• Both Stanford college students are top equestrians.
Bill Gates and Steve Jobs had a rivalry for the ages.
Both pushed a vision of what the future of technology would look like. Over the years, they occasionally worked together, and oftentimes feuded.
Today, their daughters Jennifer Gates, 21, and Eve Jobs, 19, also compete against one another, from time to time.
But instead of duking it out over personal computers, they both stick to the equestrian sports.
Here’s a look inside their careers, so far:
Both equestrians took up the sport at a young age. Gates first took the reins when she was six, while Noelle Floyd Style reported Jobs has loved riding horses “since she was a small child growing up in Palo Alto, California.”
Gates and Jobs are also both enrolled at Stanford. Jobs was previously set to attend UCLA, but has since transferred.
They’re also part-time neighbours in the equestrian capital of Wellington, Florida. The Miami Herald reported Gates’ father dropped $US37 million to buy a whole string of properties there in 2016. That same year, Jobs’ mother Laurene Powell-Jobs bought a $US15 million ranch just across the street.
Business Insider reported that the two equestrians faced off at a star-studded LA show jumping competition in October 2015. They also competed at a posh Miami Beach event in April 2016.
Jobs and Gates aren’t the only two accomplished equestrians with famous parents. Michael Bloomberg’s daughter Georgina, Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica, Tom Selleck’s daughter Hannah, and Steven Spielberg’s daughter Destry are all notable competitors as well.
Source: Town and Country
The United States Equestrian Federation currently ranks Gates number 19, and Jobs number 23 in show jumping.
Gates has competed with horses named Luftikus S., Alex, Pumped Up Kicks, Bardolino, Hija Van Strokapelleken, Cadence, Caddie R., Lord LeVisto, and Silence. Jobs has ridden Charleville, Tiny Toony Semilly, Vanue D’Fees Des Hazalles, Sandor de la Pomme, and Calizz in competition.
In USEF competitions, Gates has won $US120,791 in prize money since August 13, 2014. Jobs has won $US159,293 since April 6, 2016.
Jobs has spoken about how she manages to balance her studies with the sport. “It took me a long time to figure out how to balance friends, school, and riding, but through the years I figured out the best way to make it all work is to prioritise what is most important to you,” she said in a 2016 interview with Upper Echelon Academy.
Meanwhile, Gates’ show jumping success has prompted her to consider some changes to her career timeline. “I always thought I’d just be an amateur and go to medical school or pursue another professional career,” she told the Horse Network. Now, she’s considering dedicating “a few more years” to the sport in order to “see where it goes.”
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