Who is Mimi Gardner Gates? Meet “the woman in the hat” – .

Who is Mimi Gardner Gates? Meet “the woman in the hat” – .

Hats off to her!

Bill and Melinda Gates’ eldest daughter Jennifer Gates could be the main spectacle of her lavish Westchester County wedding to fellow equestrian Nayel Nassar on Saturday, but the Stanford graduate, 25, could have some competition in the style department.

On Thursday, Mimi Gardner Gates – a respected 79-year-old art historian who is also the mother-in-law of billionaire Bill Gates – arrived in New York City for the weekend celebrations wearing a stunning jester cap.

Gardner Gates will be part of the 1% of the 124-acre, $ 16 million farm in North Salem that Jennifer’s parents bought him in 2018.

The ornate pompom of the cap appears to be a blue flower with an orange stem.
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Gardner Gates accompanied Bill, 65, in a helicopter to New York after landing in Newark in his stepson’s private jet – and beaming under a black beanie with a flower-shaped mattress topper.

The iconic style of Gardner Gates, 79, is certainly theatrical!
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(Gates, meanwhile, wore a more modest polo shirt and khakis for his arrival.)

Gardner Gates, a Stanford graduate who earned her doctorate. in art history at Yale, married Bill Gates Sr. – a lawyer and philanthropist who died last September at the age of 94 – in 1996.

She was Director of the Seattle Art Museum from 1994-2009, and is now Director Emeritus of the Gardner Center for Asian Art and Ideas at SAM. Prior to that, she spent two decades at Yale University Art Gallery as a curator of Asian art before becoming its director in 1987, according to her biography on the Gates Cambridge Scholarship website.

Among her other accomplishments in Seattle, she co-created a 9-acre waterfront sculpture park in the downtown Belltown neighborhood – land that would otherwise have been sold to condominium developers. It also added over 2,500 works of art to SAM’s collection and increased its endowment from $ 24.5 million in 1994 to $ 75.5 million in 2005.

Gardner Gates divorced when the elder Gates invited her to dinner.

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

The two shared a quiet courtyard, and she called him a “prince of man.”

Gardner Gates (far right) married the elder Gates (middle right) in 1996.
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“I never imagined that I would be so happy in my personal life,” she told the publication.

Messages sent to the Seattle Art Museum and Yale seeking to contact Gardner Gates have not been returned at press time.


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