Jennifer and Phoebe Gates celebrated their mother Melinda French Gates’ 58th birthday on Monday with heartwarming tributes.
The sisters, who are the only daughters of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, each took to Instagram to post photos of themselves with their mom in honor of their special day.
Jennifer, 26, opted for a sweet snapshot of herself kneeling down to talk to her mom on her wedding day last fall, writing: ‘Wishing the happiest birthday to the woman I look up to everyday [sic].’
Jennifer Gates, 26, shared a sweet photo of herself with her mother, Melinda French Gates, on her wedding day last fall to wish her mom a happy 58th birthday on Monday
Jennifer’s younger sister, 19-year-old Phoebe Gates, also paid tribute to their mom on Instagram in honor of her birthday. Melinda is pictured with Jennifer (left) and Phoebe (right)
Just hours after her older sister’s post, Phoebe shared photos of herself with her mom when she was a little girl to wish her a happy birthday
Phoebe gushed in the caption that Melinda is the ‘most incredible woman,’ adding: ‘It’s hard to fathom how blessed I am to call you both my mother and my person’
The med student, who is the eldest of her parents’ three children, wed fellow equestrian Nayel Nassar in Westchester County, New York, on October 16, 2021.
In the image, Jennifer’s back is turned away from the camera as she squats down in her wedding gown to have a special with her mom, who is seated at her table.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Phoebe announced on Instagram Stories on Sunday that she was ‘back to London’ — where she has been staying with Melinda — right in time for her mom’s birthday.
Just hours after her older sister’s post, Phoebe shared photos of herself with her mom when she was a little girl to wish her a happy birthday.
In one black and white snapshot, Melinda is holding her youngest daughter’s hand as they run through the yard together
On Sunday, Phoebe revealed on her Instagram Stories that she is ‘back to London’ right in time for her mother’s birthday
The first snapshot shows Melinda sitting on a swing with a towheaded Phoebe on her lap. In the next black and white image, she is holding her youngest daughter’s hand as they run through the yard together.
‘Happy birthday to the most incredible woman. To know you is to love you. Reflecting on this day it’s hard to fathom how blessed I am to call you both my mother and my person,’ the teen wrote in the caption.
Phoebe’s tribute comes just a week after she spent some quality time with her boyfriend and mother in London.
She shared photos from their weekend together, including a sweet image of herself cuddled up next to her beau at dinner, writing: ‘Love having you here with me [heart emoji].’
The Stanford University student was dressed to impress in a $2,170 hand embroidered mini dress from the Annie’s x Clio Peppiatt capsule collection.
Inspired by Victorian fairytale illustrations, the sparkly midnight blue frock features a whimsical scene of gold beaded fairies dancing under the moon.
Phoebe is the youngest child of billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his ex-wife, Melinda. She and Jennifer also have a 23-year-old brother, Rory Gates (far right)
Jennifer and Phoebe are pictured with Rory at his graduation from the University of Chicago in June
Phoebe has been spending a lot of time with her mother in London this summer. They are pictured at Sketch restaurant and gallery on August 1
‘Thank you for making me feel like a butterfly. Dress and alterations by @cliopeppiatt @anniesibiza,’ she captioned two photos of herself striking a pose in the dress.
Phoebe also documented their adventures from earlier in the day, sharing footage of her mother walking in front of her in a crisp white button-up dress with a tiered pleated skirt.
‘Who let this pretty lady roam the streets of London,’ she captioned the video.
The mother and daughter posed for a photo together during lunch, and Phoebe matched her mom in white, though she opted for a sweetheart strapless frock.
‘Love you mama,’ she wrote in the on-screen text.
Another image from the day showed Phoebe’s boyfriend sitting in a park, chatting with her mother. Melinda seems to be a fan of her youngest daughter’s new man.
Phoebe posted photos of her mom meeting her boyfriend in London last week (pictured)
Phoebe cuddled up to her mystery beau while enjoying dinner with him during his visit
Phoebe was dressed in a $2,170 hand embroidered mini dress from the Annie’s x Clio Peppiatt capsule collection, which featured gold beaded fairies dancing under the moon
The Stanford University student showed off her outfit one last time after dinner, revealing that she borrowed her mom’s pink purse for the night
The mother of three could be seen listening intently to what he was saying while Phoebe had her leg comfortably resting across his.
It’s unclear how long Phoebe’s boyfriend stayed with them in the UK, or how much longer she will be staying with her mom.
Phoebe’s visit with her boyfriend in London came just weeks after she first featured him on Instagram, seemingly making their romance social media official. However, she has yet to share his name or their relationship status.
The picture showed him giving her a kiss on the cheek as she leaned toward him, a gesture many took to be a confirmation of their romance.
The image was swiftly reposted by multiple accounts on both Instagram and Twitter, with dozens of users making racist comments about the couple.
Online trolls insinuated that Phoebe’s boyfriend was using her for her family’s money and her father wouldn’t approve of their interracial relationship.
Phoebe’s visit with her boyfriend in London came weeks after she first featured him on Instagram, prompting a barrage of racist online abuse over their relationship
Phoebe ignored the vitriol and posted another romantic snapshot of herself with her boyfriend after online trolls crudely suggested he was just using her for her family’s money
Phoebe (pictured with her father in June) is due to start her sophomore year at Stanford University next month
Bill, who is one of the richest men in the world with an estimated net worth of $123.7 billion, announced at a TED conference in Canada in 2014 that he intends on leaving most of his fortune to his family’s foundation.
But that didn’t stop social media users from making sordid suggestions about Phoebe’s rumored new romance, with several crudely urging the unnamed suitor to ‘get her pregnant’ while others claimed that he has ‘secured the bag.’
Phoebe ignored the vitriol and posted another romantic snapshot of herself with her boyfriend on her Instagram Stories.
The picture showed him kissing her on the cheek during an evening outing in London last month.
Melinda also shares a son, Rory, 23, with her ex-husband, but Phoebe’s siblings haven’t been pictured with them in London.
Phoebe will likely be returning stateside in the next coming weeks as Stanford’s fall quarter starts on September 26.