Bill and Melinda Gates’ eldest daughter has a good reason to be grateful for the Thanksgiving holiday. The 26-year-old, who married with great fanfare in October 2021, revealed her pregnancy on November 24, posing curled up against her husband Nayel Nassar.
Jennifer Gates and her husband Nayel Nassar are expecting their first child. “Thankful“, simply wrote the first under a photo published on November 24. On the picture, the couple appears smiling, leaning on a low stone wall, against a background of greenery. And the baby bump of the future mother begins to be prominent.
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rain of congratulations
Many celebrities congratulated the couple, who married with great fanfare in October 2021, like fashion designer Vera Wang or models Martha Hunt and Karlie Kloss. Event planner Marcy Blum also commented, “I’m ecstatic for you, we need wonderful people to have wonderful children.”
Grandmother-to-be Melinda Gates meanwhile wrote, “Couldn’t be more excited to meet this little one and watch you both become parents.” She herself had her first child, Jennifer, two years after her marriage to Bill Gates, to whom she had said yes on December 31, 1994 on the island of Lanai, Hawaii. A son, Rory, and a second daughter, Phoebe, arrived in 1999 and 2002.
A divorce and an engagement
But thirty years after their first meeting, in May 2021, the Gates spouses divorced. A year before the announcement of their separation, Jennifer Gates had announced her engagement, with the emeritus horseman Egyptian Nayel Nassar, aged 30 years. The lovebirds, who share a common passion for horseback riding and a degree from Stanford University, married with great fanfare on October 16, 2021, at Jennifer’s $ 16 million (15 million euros) horse farm – offered by his parents. They met at an equestrian competition in 2016.
If Jennifer is the daughter of the billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft, Nayel Nassar himself comes from a wealthy family. Born in Chicago on January 21, 1991, the professional sportsman grew up in Kuwait, where his Egyptian parents, who became millionaires, run an architecture and design company. His equestrian record is impressive: in 2011, he won his first Grand Prix. In 2012, he represented Egypt at the London Summer Olympics.
A year later, he won the Zoetis Grand Prix endowed with a million dollars and qualified for the final of the Show Jumping World Cup. A feat he repeated in 2014 and 2017, before winning the Longines World Cup in this discipline in Wellington in February 2019 with his horse Lordan. The Nassar-Gates child will therefore probably evolve in large spaces, surrounded by horses.
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