The art expert has a history of appearing cynical in public
Bill and Melinda Gates’ eldest daughter, Jennifer Gates, may be the main spectacle at her lavish Westchester County wedding Saturday for fellow equestrian Nayl Nassar, but the 25-year-old Stanford grad may have some competition in the style department.
On Thursday, Mimi Gardner Gates – a 79-year-old respected art historian who is also the stepmother of billionaire Bill Gates – arrived in New York for weekend celebrations wearing a striking jester-like hat.
Gardner Gates will be between 1-cent on a 124-acre, $1.6 million farm in North Salem. Jennifer’s parents bought her in 2018.
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Gardner Gates accompanied Bill, 65, on a helicopter to New York City after landing in Newark in his stepson’s private jet—and beamed under a black beanie with a flower-shaped topper.
(Meanwhile, Gates wore a more modest polo shirt and khakis for his arrival.)
Gardner Gates, a Stanford graduate who earned a Ph.D. in the history of art at Yale, married Bill Gates Sr. – a lawyer and philanthropist who died last september at the age of 94 – In 1996.
She was the director of the Seattle Art Museum from 1994 to 2009, and now serves as the overseeing director of SAM’s Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Prior to this, he had spent two decades as an Asian art curator at the Yale University Art Gallery before becoming its director in 1987. for his bio Gates at Cambridge Scholarship site.
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In addition to his other accomplishments in Seattle, he created a 9-acre waterfront sculpture park in the downtown neighborhood of Belltown—a plot that reportedly would have been otherwise. The condominium has been sold to developers. He also added more than 2,500 artworks to SAM’s collection and increased its endowment from $24.5 million in 1994 to $75.5 million in 2005.
Gardner Gates was divorced when the elder Gates asked him over for dinner.
“I didn’t think, ‘He’s asking me.’ I thought he wanted to be more involved in the museum,” she previously told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The two shared a quiet courtship, and she called him “a man’s prince”.
“I never thought I would be so happy in my personal life,” she told the publication.
Messages sent to the Seattle Art Museum and Yale to contact Gardner Gates were not returned by press time.