Bill and Melinda Gates’ daughter Jennifer, 25, wins second place prize in New York horse show

Bill and Melinda Gates’ 25-year-old daughter Jennifer competed in a horse show in New York on Thursday amid ongoing speculation about her parents’ surprise divorce, and her father’s affair with a Microsoft employee. 

Microsoft founder Bill and philanthropist Melinda shared the shocking news that they are ending their 27-year union earlier this month, with Melinda describing their marriage as ‘irretrievably broken’ in court documents. In the wake of the announcement, it was then revealed that Bill had an affair with a Microsoft employee in 2000, which was the subject of an internal investigation in 2019. 

But while the split is no doubt impacting their three adult children’s lives, Jennifer had other things on her mind yesterday when she took home the second place prize in her first competition at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York, in addition to a  the third place prize in her second competition.  

After competing in her chic riding outfit, Jennifer, an accomplished equestrian, was pictured sitting in a ringside tent to watch the rest of the competition, where she chatted with another woman and used an Apple iPhone and laptop, neither of which supports the software that was pioneered by her father. 

Equestrian: Bill and Melinda Gates’ 25-year-old daughter Jennifer competed in a horse show in New York on Thursday amid headlines of her parents’ surprise divorce

Awards: Jennifer took home the second place prize in her first competition at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York, in addition to a the third place prize in her second competition

Awards: Jennifer took home the second place prize in her first competition at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York, in addition to a the third place prize in her second competition

Dressed up: After competing in her chic riding outfit, Jennifer, an accomplished equestrian, was pictured sitting in a ringside tent to watch the rest of the competition

Dressed up: After competing in her chic riding outfit, Jennifer, an accomplished equestrian, was pictured sitting in a ringside tent to watch the rest of the competition

Wait a minute! She was seen using an Apple iPhone, which doesn't run her dad's operating system

Wait a minute! She was seen using an Apple iPhone, which doesn’t run her dad’s operating system

Split: Bill and Melinda announced that they are ending their 27-year union earlier this month, with Melinda describing their marriage as 'irretrievably broken' in court documents

Split: Bill and Melinda announced that they are ending their 27-year union earlier this month, with Melinda describing their marriage as ‘irretrievably broken’ in court documents

The split was announced earlier this month amid reports that Melinda had been consulting lawyers since October of 2019, but that the estranged couple were waiting for their youngest daughter, Phoebe, to turn 18 — which she did in September — before making things public.

The same month that Melinda reportedly began talking to New York divorce lawyer Robert Stephan Cohen, the New York Times reported that Bill had met with Jeffrey Epstein several times, and once stayed late at his townhouse in New York.  

It was also reported this week that Bill had an ‘inappropriate’ sexual relationship with a female staff member in 2000, while he was married to Melinda, and resigned while an investigation into the relationship was being investigated by the company board in March of 2020. 

His spokeswoman confirmed there had been an affair almost 20 years ago, but said his decision to leave Microsoft’s board was not linked to it.  

However, on Friday, Microsoft’s current CEO, Satya Nadella, took a swipe at the company’s founder and his ‘inappropriate’ employee relationship, telling CNBC that the company is ‘very different’ today to how it was in 2000, the year that Bill stepped down as CEO. 

Gates, 65, has been rocked by a series of allegations ever since he and Melinda, 56, announced their divorce earlier this month.

His behavior at Microsoft has come under closer scrutiny with claims from two female employees that he asked them out on dates and questions around the handling of accusations of sexual harassment against one of his closest aides. 

Focused: Amidst the family turmoil, Jennifer, the oldest of three siblings including 21-year-old Rory, channeled everything into her passion for horses this week.

Focused: Amidst the family turmoil, Jennifer, the oldest of three siblings including 21-year-old Rory, channeled everything into her passion for horses this week.

Pastime: She is pictured on her hourse at the competition in Westchester, north of New York City

Pastime: She is pictured on her hourse at the competition in Westchester, north of New York City

Pastime: She is pictured on her hourse at the competition in Westchester, north of New York City

Ready! In photos taken at that competition, Jennifer, a Stanford University graduate who has been riding since she was six, looks focused atop her horse

Ready! In photos taken at that competition, Jennifer, a Stanford University graduate who has been riding since she was six, looks focused atop her horse

Chic: She's dressed to impress in a black and white riding outfit

Chic: She’s dressed to impress in a black and white riding outfit

Rich parents: Georgina Bloomberg, the 38-year-old daughter of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, also competed in at Old Salem Farm this week (not pictured)

Rich parents: Georgina Bloomberg, the 38-year-old daughter of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, also competed in at Old Salem Farm this week (not pictured)

The wider company’s treatment of women has also come under the spotlight with new details of a discrimination lawsuit claiming female staffers were ‘abused and degraded’ with men ‘groping’ and ‘spanking’ them.

But amidst the family turmoil, Jennifer, the oldest of three siblings including 21-year-old Rory, channeled everything into her passion for horses this week.

In photos taken at that competition, Jennifer, a Stanford University graduate who has been riding since she was six, looks focused atop her horse, as she’s dressed to impress in a black and white riding outfit.

Georgina Bloomberg, the 38-year-old daughter of former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, also competed in at Old Salem Farm this week — as did her seven-year-old son Jasper with his horse Fairytales. 

In the past, Jennifer has also competed against Steve Jobs’ daughter Eve, Bruce Springsteen’s daughter Jessica, and Steven Spielberg’s daughter Destry.

After riding, Jennifer spent time sitting at a table with another woman in a nearby tent, where she took off her gloves to reveal a sparkling engagement ring from her fiancé, Egyptian show jumper Nayel Nassar.

The pair announced their engagement in January of 2020. 

Hanging out: After riding, Jennifer spent time sitting at a table with another woman in a nearby tent

Hanging out: After riding, Jennifer spent time sitting at a table with another woman in a nearby tent

Hanging out: After riding, Jennifer spent time sitting at a table with another woman in a nearby tent

Computing: Inside the tent, she used a dark laptop with a sticker for Evergate Stables, her international show jumping stable

Computing: Inside the tent, she used a dark laptop with a sticker for Evergate Stables, her international show jumping stable

Too cool: She donned a pair of dark sunglasses as she got up to go

Too cool: She donned a pair of dark sunglasses as she got up to go

Supportive: Jennifer said her parents 'always had my back' and told her 'to pursue whatever it was I was interested in'

Supportive: Jennifer said her parents ‘always had my back’ and told her ‘to pursue whatever it was I was interested in’

Inside the tent, she used an Apple laptop with a sticker for Evergate Stables, her international show jumping stable, covering the brand’s iconic logo.

She was also seen holding an Apple iPhone — which, of course, doesn’t run her father’s operating system.

However, it’s unlikely that her choice of device is any sort of dig at her father, given that he has now parted ways with Microsoft. 

Jennifer also showed her support for Bill by posting a photo with him on Instagram on May 13. 

‘Nothing better than quality time with family members,’ she wrote.

Though it was the first time Bill was seen since announcing the split, it’s unclear where the picture was taken, as he has reportedly been holed up at an exclusive golf club in California where he owns a mansion.

Jennifer, who is currently enrolled at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine, had also posted days earlier for Mother’s Day, sharing a photo with her mom and siblings.

‘Our queen, hero and mom- every day,’ she wrote.

'Nothing better than quality time with family members,' Jennifer wrote earlier this month, posting a photo with her dad

‘Nothing better than quality time with family members,’ Jennifer wrote earlier this month, posting a photo with her dad 

Father-daughter time: Jennifer is pictured with her dad in 2018

Father-daughter time: Jennifer is pictured with her dad in 2018

Mom: Jenn had also posted days earlier for Mother's Day, sharing a photo with her mom and siblings. 'Our queen, hero and mom- every day,' she wrote

Mom: Jenn had also posted days earlier for Mother’s Day, sharing a photo with her mom and siblings. ‘Our queen, hero and mom- every day,’ she wrote

Jennifer is keeping busy, and last year granted an interview to Sidelines Magazine, for which she appeared on the cover.

‘I was born into a huge situation of privilege, 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,’ she said.

She spoke about her parents, saying they’ve ‘always had my back’ and told her ‘to pursue whatever it was I was interested in.’ 

‘I always felt like I really had a good foundation with them believing in me and being willing to support me in any of my pursuits.’ 

Meanwhile, Bill and Melinda’s divorce is still in the works, with Bill giving his estranged wife large sums of money over the past few weeks.

Since announcing their split, he has given her $1.5 billion in railway shares, $300 million in car shares, $120 million in Coca Cola shares, and $364 million in shares in Grupo Televisa, a Mexican TV network. 

Romance just beginning: Jennifer is engaged to Egyptian show jumper Nayel Nassar. The pair announced their engagement in January of 2020

Romance just beginning: Jennifer is engaged to Egyptian show jumper Nayel Nassar. The pair announced their engagement in January of 2020

Splitting it up: Meanwhile, Bill and Melinda's divorce is still in the works, with Bill giving his estranged wife large sums of money over the past few weeks

Splitting it up: Meanwhile, Bill and Melinda’s divorce is still in the works, with Bill giving his estranged wife large sums of money over the past few weeks

Is that enough? Bill had maintained that each of his kids will only get $10 million in his will

 Is that enough? Bill had maintained that each of his kids will only get $10 million in his will

Sad: Jennifer responded to the news of her parents' split in an Instagram post earlier this month

Sad: Jennifer responded to the news of her parents’ split in an Instagram post earlier this month

The pair’s divorce settlement hasn’t been finalized in court but they have agreed on a some of the terms of their separation. It’s likely that the pair will settle privately, and that the only glimpses into their division of assets will come from SEC filings about how many shares they own in public companies.   

Bill is the fourth richest man in the world, with an estimated fortune of $130 billion. When he and Melinda married in 1994, they had no prenup in place.

He has maintained that each of his kids will only inherit $10 million in his will. 

Shortly after the news went public, Jennifer took to Instagram to share a public message.

‘By now, many of you have heard the news that my parents are separating. 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 family members’ at this time, and am grateful for the space to do so.

‘I won’t personally comment further on anything around the separation, but please know that your kind words and support mean the world to me.   

‘Thank you for understanding our desire for privacy while we navigate the next phases of our lives,’ she concluded. 

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