Ponies Up $600K
For Florida Winter Rental
10/16/2011 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bill Gates is fleeing his Washington mansion for a much warmer winter home -- the Microsoft gazillionaire is renting a massive Wellington, FL equestrian estate ... for $120,000/month.
Gates has the option to plunk down $12.9 million and buy the 4.18 acre property -- which includes an 8 bedroom, 6 bathroom, 7,352 square foot main house, a guest house, an 8-stall barn and a couple pastures ... for some horse play.
The Tuscan-style main house has a home theater, commercial grade appliances and a wine room that spans the length of the entire formal dining area.
Bill snatched up the rental property so his family could cheer on his oldest daughter, Jennifer -- who is scheduled to participate in the horse jumping competitions during the five-month long Winter Equestrian Festival in nearby West Palm Beach.
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