Intrigue levels spiked across South Africa last week, when Bill Gates’ jet was tracked to an airport in Johannesburg. The private aircraft touched down at 18:00 on Thursday 30 June, before taking off again after 8:00 on Saturday 2 July.
Where is Bill Gates’ jet now?
Activity on the billionaire’s social media pages doesn’t reveal much about why the jet found itself in Gauteng this week. A trip to New York is corroborated by a post on his Facebook feed, and an appearance at a clean energy event has also been noted.
Alas, this jet-setting plane didn’t remain in Johannesburg for too long. The arrival of this Gulfstream G650 caused many South Africans to speculate about a possible visit from Bill Gates – who was last in the country two years ago, just before the first COVID-19 lockdown.
Bill Gates’ jet has left South Africa, but remains on the continent
On Sunday morning, Bill Gates’ jet left Jozi, and made it’s way to Nairobi in Kenya. As of 11:30 SAST on Monday 4 July, the plane remains in the East African nation, following a flight of four hours and 48 minutes.
N194WM Took off from Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA. pic.twitter.com/jnmI77tvxj— Bill Gates' Jets (@GatesJets) July 2, 2022
N194WM Landed in Nairobi, Nairobi Province, KE. Apx. flt. time 4 Hours : 48 Mins. pic.twitter.com/PlvEjuPPTV— Bill Gates' Jets (@GatesJets) July 2, 2022
Jet-setting billionaire divides opinion in SA
The N194WM model is one of two private jets used by Bill Gates – something that many detractors are keen to fire back at the climate change activist. As one of the richest men on the planet, the Microsoft founder is no stranger to criticism, a lot of which can be a bit unhinged.
His work on vaccine equity and distribution across the world has made him a major target for COVID-19 conspiracists, and his latest campaign to ‘prevent the next pandemic’ has also elicited a furious response from some sections of society.
Alas, it all comes with the territory of wealth and fame – and we’re sure a man with $115 billion in the bank can take the rough with the smooth.