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Bill Gates spotted for the first time since his split from Melinda in an Instagram picture with his daughter Jennifer

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Bill Gates and Jennifer Gates
Bill Gates and Jennifer Gates attend Global Champions Tour of Monaco at Port de Hercule in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, on June 30, 2018. fotopress/Getty Images
  • Bill Gates appeared on his daughter Jennifer's Instagram story on Thursday evening.

  • The picture is the first of the billionaire since announcing his divorce to his wife, Melinda Gates.

  • "Nothing better than quality time with family members," Jennifer, 25, captioned the image.

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Bill Gates appeared on his eldest daughter's Instagram story on Thursday evening, making his first appearance since announcing his divorce from wife Melinda Gates.

"Nothing better than quality time with family members," Jennifer, 25, captioned the image, which is no longer on her story but can be seen here.

In the photo, a smiling Gates stands with his arm around his daughter, wearing shorts and a blue polo shirt. It is unclear where the photo was taken.

Read more: How the CEO of a Bill Gates-backed battery startup convinced the tech mogul to invest in his solid-state tech

Bill and Melinda announced their divorce on May 3, saying in a joint statement: "We no longer believe we can grow together as a couple in this next phase of our lives."

They were married for 27 years of marriage and had three kids together.

It's unclear what the main causes of the split were but a source told People Magazine the couple wanted to wait until their youngest daughter turned 18 before they announced the divorce.

Reports have suggested that Melinda Gates sought divorce lawyers in 2019, about the same time as Gates' ties with Jeffrey Epstein surfaced.

Gates was at his $12.5 million mansion at The Vintage Club in California when news of his divorce broke, a source told Page Six this week. He had been staying at the exclusive golf resort for three months, the source said.

This is not the first time Jennifer has shared her thoughts on her family on Instagram.

Shortly after the divorce announcement, the 25-year-old posted another story that read: "It's been a challenging stretch of time for our whole family. I'm still learning how to best support my own process and emotions as well as my family members at this time and am grateful for the space to do so."

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