Bill Gates' reported $8.7M Florida equestrian estate

The Microsoft founder has a new equestrian-friendly family home in Wellington, Fla., that serves as the training ground for his showjumping daughter.

Bill Gates recently purchased this 4.8-acre home in Wellington, Fla. Sourced by Zillow
Microsoft founder Bill Gates is putting down roots in Florida, according to the blog Gossip Extra.

A trust called the Mallet Hill Trust is linked to Gates through one of the trustees, Bill McCaughan, Gossip Extra reported last week. McCaughan is a partner at the Miami branch of the Seattle-based K&L Gates law firm founded by Gates' father. Mallet Hill Trust is named as the buyer of the property which was recently purchased for $8.7 million in cash.

That's pocket change for Bill Gates, who as the richest American, is worth around $66 billion.

An anonymous neighbor has claimed the homeowners association was recently approached to convert the 4-plus acre compound's unmanned gate to one guarded by round-the-clock security.

Gates has rented the same house before, using the horse-friendly property as a training ground for his daughter Jennifer, who is working toward becoming an accomplished world-class show jumping rider. She has competed in the Palm Beach, Fla., Winter Equestrian Festival in the past.

According to real estate site Zillow, the home was built in 2010, sits on 4.8 acres, and has four bedrooms, four-plus baths, and a 7,234-square-foot, open floor plan.

The horse-friendly features include two barns, 20 horse stalls, and a show-jumping arena.

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