By Maria Immaculate Owechi
Bill Gates’ eldest daughter Jennifer Gates, 23 took to Instagram on Wednesday to announce her engagement to boyfriend, Nayel Nassar, 28, an Egyptian equestrian. The surprise proposal took place during the couple’s skiing vacation trip.
To announce the occasion, the Microsoft founder’s daughter shared an adorable photo of herself and Nassar cuddling while sitting in the snow after he popped the question. She appears visibly surprised as if busting into tears of joy.
The bride posted,
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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!!!
Nassar also posted two other photos captioned, ”SHE SAID YES!! 💍 I’m feeling like the luckiest (and happiest) man in the world right about now,” he continued “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.”
“Love you more than you can possibly imagine, and thank you for making every single day feel like a dream to me,” he added. “Here’s to forever!”
Jennifer was moved by her fiancé’s post, commenting, ” Yep crying again. Its fine life is perfect. You’re everything to me 💕💍.”
Bill and Melinda Gates were among those to congratulate Jennifer and Nassar on their Instagram pages.
“I am completely thrilled! Congratulations, @jenniferkgates and @nayalnassar!” Bill Gates wrote.
“So thrilled for you and @nayelnassar!” Melinda Gates said.
Nassar and Jennifer Gates both attended Stanford University where they met and have been dating since 2017. The equestrian, also millionaire was taking a degree in management and economics while Gate’s daughter was studying a biology degree.
Last year during an interview with CNN’s EQ show, Jennifer revealed that the passion for the equine sport brought them together.
“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, she said, “Horses are just one part of our life, but we love the sport.”
Nassar, is a professional equestrian with the Paris Panthers, a team that his current fiancée manages and also rides for. The Egyptian sportsman was raised in Kuwait and he regularly says his parents played a huge role in sending him to Europe to undergo better training in horse riding.
He now competes under the flag of his home country, Egypt, and has helped that nation to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Apart from being a successful equestrian, the two-time World Cup finalist also runs his own training and sales business in the USA.
The news of the engagement comes in the same month after billionaire Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary.