Who are Bill Gates' family members?


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Bill Gates' immediate family includes his wife, three children and two sisters. The founder of Microsoft has an older sister named Kristianne and a younger sister named Libby. His wife is Melinda, whom Gates married in 1994. The couple's children, from oldest to youngest, are Jennifer, Rory and Phoebe.

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The businessman was born William Henry Gates III in October 1955. His mother's name was Mary. Gates' father was a lawyer, and his mother was a schoolteacher. The founder of Microsoft met his wife in 1989 when she was an executive at his company. The couple married in 1994, and Bill Gates' mother died of breast cancer six months later.

Jennifer Gates was born in 1996. She is a noted equestrian enthusiast. In October 2011, Bill Gates leased a house for $600,000 over a period of six months to allow his family to stay in Florida while Jennifer competed in an equestrian event in Wellington. The house was within walking distance of the equestrian grounds, and Jennifer's brother, Rory, attended her competition.

In March 2014, Bill and Melinda Gates explained they want their children to "have a sense of their own ability." The parents plan for their children to have a balance of some inheritance so that they have freedom to do whatever they want with careers but not so much money that the children end up squandering their lives.

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