Who are Nayel Nassar's parents as Jennifer Gates joins the family?

Yasmine Leung October 14, 2021
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Jennifer Gates and Nayel Nassar tied the knot on 16 October 2021, sparking interest in the couple. While Jennifer’s parents, Bill and Melinda Gates, are incredibly well known, less is known about Nayel’s family. Let’s take a look.

Gates and Nassar got engaged in January 2021

Gates and Nassar kicked off 2021 by promising to spend the rest of their lives together. Nassar proposed by whisking her off to a romantic trip to a snowy location; they announced the news on their Instagram.

Nine months later. the special day is here! The pair are making headlines again after they were seen in New York on Saturday, 16 October 2021, at their lavish wedding ceremony.

The ceremony took place at Gates’ 124-acre North Salem farm in Westchester, New York, which is reportedly worth $16 million. Gates, a medical student, received the property as a gift from her parents after graduating from Stanford with a degree in human biology in 2018.

We know all about Gates’ parents, so let’s meet Nassar’s family.

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Everything we know about Nayel Nassar

Born in January 1991, the 30-year-old is of Egyptian ethnity and was born in Chicago. Raised in Kuwait, he moved to California in 2009 at age 18.

Like Gates, he earned a degree from Stanford in 2013 with a degree in Economics. Despite this, he is a successful showjumper by profession.

He was first introduced to equestrian sport at age 5 and picked up his first win at the FEI Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi in 2011. He represented Egypt to win the FEI World Cup Finals in 2013, 2014 and 2017 and the FEI World 2014 Equestrian Games.

As if it wasn’t enough, Nassar launched Jumpr in August 2021 – an app designed to deliver showjumping statistics conveniently.

Who are Nassar’s parents?

Nayel was born to Fouad Nassar and Iman Harby, owners of architectural firm Diwan Interiors International in Kuwait.

The firm has worked with companies such as Citigroup Kuwait, JW Marriott and Mercedes Benz for their Shuwaikh Showroom. In other words, Nassar is from a wealthy family.

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How long have they been together?

Gates and Nassar have been together since 15 January 2017. The groom-to-be first uploaded a couple photo for Valentine’s Day 2017, where he captioned “Lucky guy convincing this beauty to be my Valentine this year.”

Since then, the equestrian has liked to flaunt his romance with the Bill Gates’ eldest daughter; the couple are totally in love since they always gush about each other’s achievements on social media.

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.