Bill Gates’ daughter Jennifer Gates has announced her engagement.
The Microsoft founder’s eldest child shared a photo on her Instagram account Wednesday revealing that she had accepted the proposal of Nayel Nassar.
Nassar, 28, is a professional equestrian with the Paris Panthers, the team that Jennifer Gates manages and also rides for. Born in Chicago, he competes under the flag of his parents’ homeland, Egypt, and he helped that nation qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Both Gates and Nassar attended Stanford University. She graduated in 2018, he in 2013.
“Nayel Nassar, you are one of a kind. Absolutely swept me off my feet this past weekend, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared passions,” Gates, 23, wrote alongside a photo of the pair sitting on snow.
She added that she “can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and loving together.”
Gates told CNN’s EQ equestrian show last year: “Horses are just one part of our life, but we love the sport.
“He’s a professional, and I do this as an amateur. So, to be able to share our love and passion for horses with each other is just incredible.”
In an interview last summer with CNN Sports, Gates said she will go on to medical school after taking some time off for the equestrian tour.
Gates said she planned to attend the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. The New York Post reported that her parents bought a $5 million condo on Fifth Avenue adjacent to the campus.
In October, Nassar helped Egypt qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by winning the CSIO4*-W Nations Cup of Rabat. The feat led to the country’s first Olympic qualification for the sport in 60 years.
Nassar also posted two other photos of the wintry proposal on his own Instagram account Wednesday, writing: “SHE SAID YES!!”
“I’m feeling like the luckiest (and happiest) man in the world right about now,” he captioned his pictures with his wife-to-be.
“Jenn, you are everything I could have possibly imagined… and so much more. I can’t wait to keep growing together through this journey called life, and I simply can’t imagine mine without you anymore.”
While Bill Gates has yet to release a statement on his daughter’s pending nuptials, his wife, Melinda, shared their daughter’s post on her Instagram story and said she is “thrilled” for the couple.
Bill and Melinda Gates have two other children: Rory, 20, attends the University of Chicago, and Phoebe, 17, is a high school junior with an interest in dance.
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Nayel Nassar, you are one of a kind. Absolutely swept me off my feet this past weekend, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared passions. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and loving together. Yes a million times over. 💍 AHHH!!!