With the news that Microsoft founder and one of the richest men in the world Bill Gates and his longtime wife Melinda Gates are splitting up, their 25-year-old daughter Jennifer has shared a thoughtful message about how this has been a “challenging” time for her family, which includes brother Rory, 21, and sister Phoebe, 18.
The second year medical student took to her Instagram stories with her message about her parents decision to end their 27 year marriage. “Hi friends. By now you have heard the news that my parents are separating. It’s been a challenging stretch of time for my whole family.”
Also, “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 over a scenic mountain scape photo showing wildflowers.”
Jennifer Katharine Gates continued, “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,” and signed off “With love and respect, Jenn.”