Who is Mimi Gardner Gates? Meet ‘the woman in the hat’

Hats off to her!

Bill and Melinda Gates’ eldest daughter Jennifer Gates is likely to be the primary spectacle at her lavish Westchester County wedding ceremony to fellow equestrian Nayel Nassar on Saturday, the 25-year-old Stanford grad might have some competitors in placing fashion.

On Thursday, Mimi Gardner Gates — a 79-year-old revered artwork historian who’s additionally the stepmother of billionaire Bill Gates — arrived in New York for the weekend’s celebrations sporting an unusual-looking cheery cap.

Gardner Gates might be amongst the one-percenters current for this weekend’s wedding ceremony, held at the 124-acre, $16 million farm in North Salem that Jennifer’s mother and father purchased her in 2018.

The cap’s ornate pom-pom seems to be a blue flower with an orange stem.
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Gardner Gates accompanied the 65-year-old Gates after taking a helicopter to New York City after touchdown in Newark in her stepson’s personal jet — and beamed beneath a black beanie with a flower-shaped topper.

The 79-year-old Gardner Gates appears to dress with flair, in this photo pairing a bright blazer with a striking skirt.
The 79-year-old Gardner Gates’ signature fashion is definitely theatrical!
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(Gates, in the meantime, wore a extra modest polo shirt and khakis for his arrival.)

Gardner Gates, additionally a Stanford graduate who earned her PhD in artwork historical past from Yale, married Bill Gates Sr.— an legal professional and philanthropist who died final September at age 94 — in 1996.

She was the director of Seattle Art Museum from 1994 to 2009 — and now serves as director emerita overseeing the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas. Before that, she spent twenty years at Yale University Art Gallery as an Asian artwork curator earlier than turning into its director in 1987, in accordance to her bio on the Gates Cambridge Trust web site.

Among her achievements in Seattle: co-creating a 9-acre, waterfront sculpture park in the downtown neighborhood of Belltown — a plot that reportedly would have in any other case been sold to condominium developers. She additionally added greater than 2,500 artistic endeavors to the museum’s assortment and boosted its endowment from $24.5 million in 1994 to $75.5 million in 2005.

Gardner Gates was divorced when the elder Gates requested her to dinner.

“I didn’t think, ‘He’s asking me out.’ I thought he wanted to get more involved in the museum,” she beforehand informed the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 

The two shared a quiet courtship and he or she known as him a “prince of a man.”

Gardner Gates (far right) married the elder Gates (near right) in 1996.
Gardner Gates (far proper) married the elder Gates (close to proper) in 1996.
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“I never imagined I’d be so happy in my personal life,” she informed the publication.

Messages despatched to the Seattle Art Museum and Yale looking for to contact Gardner Gates weren’t returned by press time.

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