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Bill Gates

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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Bill Gates is the true hero compared to Steve Jobs. Bill left Microsoft to concentrate on his foundation, pledged 90% of his fortune to charity, etc. In fact there has never been someone who has given more money to charity than Bill Gates, ever.

Steve Jobs barely gave to charity, in fact on his return to Apple in the 90's STOPPED apple's philanthropy programs. Steve manufactures all his iPhone/iPads etc in china under horrible working conditions. The list goes on, yet people seem to think Jobs is some sort of god. Sad misinformed sheep.

Go Bill!!! Enjoy that awesome home, you deserve it, you deserve our praise, you da man!

1105 days ago


While many of your comments are right on let's face it. Bill Gates is not the hero. Melinda, his wife, is. Bill would never have pursued anything humanitarian had it not been for her. She has the conscience of an angel. He has the the personality of the devil.

1105 days ago


Bill, welcome to Florida. Make it full time and you will pay no state income tax. In your case that should pay for the place.

1105 days ago


I live in Wellington, FL . we have a ton of celebs here already such as sylvester stallone, maddona and bruce springstein. Its a small rich town, hes going to absolutly love it here. Hope to see ya around town or at the polo events Bill.

1105 days ago


I live in Wellington, All the houses look like that but he must have got the real deal cuz that house is whats up. Hel be joining a long list of celebs who live in Welly including Madonna, Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Springstein and Tommy Lee Jones. Not to mention Rod Stewart and Celine Dion. Hope to see you around the polo fields. enjoy your time in welly. TMZ make your way out there you wont wanna leave lol

1105 days ago


I lived in Washington state, so I could see why he's moving to Florida for the winter.

1105 days ago


I wonder how many servants his family will need for that beautiful homestead?

1105 days ago


It must be freaking nice to live like that and I sure as hell wi***** was me.

1105 days ago


Bill Gates could be the last celebrity People magazine ever did a "real" story on quite a number of years ago. Since then the magazine is nothing but a celeb kiss ass rag. They wrote that he went on regular vacations with a woman he was friends with for a long time. And it was not his wife.

1105 days ago


The protesters need to get outside his house. He has way too much money. Hurry up dirty hippies!!

1105 days ago


I cannot believe that Bill Gates is spending that much money on a winter rental in Florida when they just shut down 15 homeless shelters in Seattle where he is from. It would lot better to get people of the streets instead of wasting money when other people could use it....

1105 days ago


Hey guys, we cannot dictate how a rich man spend his money...instead work for yourself out to have some to spend. Laziness is very similar to jealousy.

1105 days ago

Daniel Mountain    

Meanwhile the rest of America struggles paycheck-to-paycheck.

F Bill Gates.

1104 days ago


waahhh I love it.. damn gazillionaires

1104 days ago


i live here in wellington as well. its very quit and a small town compared to Washington but a lot (not all) of the polo people are stuck up.

1102 days ago

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