Bill Gates' oldest daughter discusses growing up in a billionaire household

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WELLINGTON, FL - JANUARY 18: Jennifer Gates comes
Jennifer Gates comes in first place during the $15,000 High A/O 1.45M Jumper Classic sponsored by Lugano Diamonds at the Winter Equestrian Festival on January 18, 2020 at The Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Florida. (Photo by Aaron Gilbert/Icon SportsWire)
  • Jennifer Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates' oldest daughter, said in a recent interview that she "was born into a huge situation of privilege."
  • Her father was once the world's wealthiest person and has a net worth of $108 billion (R1.8 trillion), according to Forbes.
  • In 2011, Bill said his children will receive a "minuscule portion" of his wealth.
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Jennifer Gates, the oldest daughter of Bill and Melinda Gates, discussed the advantages of growing up in a household with enormous wealth in an interview with Sidelines Magazine that was included in the publication's July issue.

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

Gates, who graduated from Stanford University in 2018 and now attends Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine, told Sidelines her childhood pediatrician served as a role model who helped her realise her good fortune and inspired her to study human biology. Gates told the publication she may become a pediatrician or family practitioner herself, but wants to remain open to other career paths.

"I'm excited to continue to learn, and share what I can with people," she said. "We're all human and having different human experiences, yet there is something so universal about the way we all experience hardship, growth, and joy in our lives. Being receptive to learning about others' experience, regardless of what they're pursuing, will help me be a better physician in the future and continue to do my part in the world."

Gates is also an equestrian and told Sidelines she hopes to one day land a spot on Team USA for the FEI Nations Cup, which Horse Network has called, "equestrian sport's oldest and most prestigious team challenge."

Gates' father, who was once the world's wealthiest person (he now ranks second, behind Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos), has a net worth of $108 billion (R1.8 trillion), according to Forbes. In 2011, he told the Daily Mail his children will receive a "minuscule portion" of his wealth.

"It will mean they have to find their own way," he said at the time.

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