Bill Gates has moved to New York City for his daughter Jennifer Gates’ wedding this Saturday.
Microsoft’s founder, 65, laughed as he left a helicopter at a NYC heliport with a small group of family and friends Thursday, wearing casual jeans and a polo shirt and carrying a brown leather bag. Unfortunately, Gates’ outfit was significantly overshadowed by another relative’s positive princess Beatrice hat, which appeared to depict a flower.
Bill’s arrival in NYC was far more understated than ex-wife Melinda Gates, who also arrived by helicopter on Monday as she took on looks from several luxury brands, including a pink Givenchy cardigan sweater and a black Balenciaga tote bag.
Melinda, 57, filed for divorce from her billionaire ex in May, and the separation ended in August.
Just as Bill landed in town, Melinda and daughter, future bride Jennifer, 25, were snapped up on a visit to a salon together in preparation for her weekend wedding.
The mother-daughter duo were knocked out of Tribeca’s Salon M – which offers services including manicures, pedicures and massages – two days before Jennifer says “I do” to equestrian Nayel Nassar at her $ 16 million new Salem farm, a graduation gift, she received in 2018 from parents Bill and Melinda.
Last month, Melinda also hosted a picturesque bridal shower for her daughter at the family’s mansion on the lake in Washington state.
Photos of the event, posted on Instagram, show Jennifer in a white maxi dress and a pink shawl with attendees drinking mimosas. They later enjoyed an outdoor lunch along with pink floral arrangements spruced up with ultra-trendy pampas grass.
“Thank you for this incredibly special party, @melindafrenchgates,” she wrote the captions on the photos, tagging her mother. “So deeply grateful for all the amazing women in my life who advise, support and lift me. 🥂 to this new chapter! ”
Jennifer’s wedding on Saturday with rider Nayel Nassar, 30, has been underway since the couple’s engagement in January 2020.
“I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and making love together,” Jennifer shared with supporters as she discussed the proposal at the time. “Yes a million times. AHHH !!! ”