Inside the life of Bill Gates' daughter Jennifer, an elite equestrian who stands to inherit 'a minuscule portion' of her father's $108 billion fortune

Richard Shotwell/AP ImagesAn accomplished equestrian, Jennifer Gates will reportedly receive a ‘minuscule portion’ of her father’s wealth.

Jennifer Gates, the oldest daughter of billionaires Bill and Melinda Gates, recently gave an interview in Sidelines Magazine where she discussed her upbringing.

“I was born into a huge situation of privilege,” she told the publication, “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.”

Gates, inspired by her childhood paediatrician, just finished her first year at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine.

She is also passionate about horseback riding. Gates has been riding since she was six and grew up competing against Eve Jobs, daughter of the late Steve Jobs.

Gates has also shared aspects of her personal life with the public in the past, announcing her engagement to Nayel Nassar, an accomplished equestrian himself, in January.

Here’s what the life of the billionaire Microsoft cofounder’s oldest daughter is like.


Jennifer Gates, 24, is the eldest daughter of billionaire philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates. She has two younger siblings, Rory and Phoebe.

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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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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 own childhood paediatrician inspired her to pursue medicine.

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She’s an accomplished equestrian and has been riding since she was six. One of her favourite 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.

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To support her passion, Gates’ father set about buying property in Wellington, Florida, a hotspot for wealthy equestrians. The Miami Herald reported he dropped $US37 million to buy a whole string of properties near Laurene Powell Jobs’ estate.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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Bill Gates is determined that his children all forge their own path in life. In 2011, he told The Daily Mail that his kids will each get a “minuscule portion” of his wealth, which Forbes estimates currently stands at $US108.6 billion. “It will mean they have to find their own way,” he said.

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Gates is currently 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 due to the coronavirus.

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The New York Post reported that, in 2017, her parents bought a $US5 million condo which is only blocks from her medical school.

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In January 2020, Gates announced her engagement to 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.

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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.

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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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