- The 25-year-old firstborn daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates has requested the public to give the family space and privacy
- This is after her billionaire parents announced that they were divorcing after 27 years of marriage
- She added that she will not comment on the publicized divorce but asked for people to be kind and offer them support
The firstborn daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates, Jennifer Gates has shared on Instagram stories that the family is going through "a challenging stretch of time.”
This is after her parents announced on Monday, May 3, that they are divorcing after 27 years of marriage.
The 25-year-old heiress to the family's $130 billion (KSh 14 trillion) empire is the eldest among two other siblings; 22-year-old brother Rory and lastborn sister Phoebe aged 19.
“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,” she wrote.
She added that she will not offer any comments on her parents' decision but asked for people to be kind and offer them support.
Borrowing a leaf from her parents who requested space and privacy during the period, Jennifer expressed her desire (and that of her siblings) for solitude.
“Thank you for understanding our desire for privacy while we navigate the next phases of our lives,” she concluded.
Growing up in Seattle, the siblings schooled at Lakeside High School, a private school also attended by their father, before Jennifer joined Stanford University.
She pursued human biology and graduated in 2018 with a degree, followed by a one-year-long equestrian career before leaving for New York to join Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine.
Jennifer got engaged to Egyptian equestrian Nayel Nassar in January this year, and shared her expectations of "learning, growing, laughing, and loving together" with him.
According to Bill and Melinda, they are going separate ways because they no longer believe that they can grow together as a couple in the next phase of their lives.
The couple reiterated that they have raised three incredible children and built a foundation that enables people worldwide to lead healthy and productive lives.