Jennifer Gates is expecting her first child with husband Nayel Nassar.
The 26-year-old daughter of billionaire Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda revealed the happy news on Thanksgiving as she debuted her bump while posing with fellow equestrian Nayel, 31.
The star captioned the snap ‘Thankful’ while cradling her growing bump in an emerald green dress.
Baby joy: Jennifer Gates is expecting her first child with husband Nayel Nassar
The pair posed in the backyard of the family’s 142-acre estate in North Salem, New York.
A second snap showed a radiant snap of Jennifer staring down at her blossoming bump while posing in a garden.
Proud grandmother-to-be Melinda, 58, wrote: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to meet this little one and watch you two become parents.’
Jennifer and Nayel’s baby will be the first grandchild of Bill and Melinda – who divorced in 2021 after 27 years of marriage.
Sweet: Jennifer looked besotted with her unborn child as she held onto her bump
Both Bill and Melinda were there to walk Jennifer down the aisle on her big day last fall, putting differences aside in the midst of their high-profile divorce.
Melinda shared one of the first photos shortly after the nuptials, showing the moment she and Nayel walked back up the aisle on October 16 2021, moments after being pronounced husband and wife.
The photo was taken after the couple’s second set of vows, which followed a smaller religious Muslim ceremony in the garden of the family’s 142-acre estate in North Salem, New York.
Jennifer proudly posted the wedding photo on Instagram early Monday afternoon, adding the caption: ‘My universe 10.16.21.’
first grandchild; Proud grandmother-to-be Melinda, 58, wrote: ‘I couldn’t be more excited to meet this little one and watch you two become parents’
So happy: Melinda said she hadn’t stopped smiling since the pregnancy reveal
Meanwhile, Jennifer’s mother also shared a new photo from the special day.
What a joy to celebrate the light and love of @jenniferkgates and @nayelnassar this past weekend. So grateful we were able to find a way to safely gather for this special day,” she wrote, captioning a photo of Jennifer and Nayel posing together outdoors.
The couple hosted 300 guests for the occasion.
In paparazzi photos, Jennifer was seen holding a bouquet ahead of the ceremony, her veil lifted over her face. She wore her auburn hair half up and half down and wore a pair of earrings to accent her dress.
Family: Jennifer (center) is the eldest child of Microsoft mogul Bill and Melinda (pictured with sister Phoebe, 20 and brother Rory, 23)
The wedding weekend also involved a wind-down brunch, catering by renowned New York City restaurants, and performances by Coldplay. Event planner Marcy Blum took the reins for the weekend.
The bride had nine bridesmaids dressed in evergreen. All appeared to be smiling and laughing as they posed for pictures, and one of the bridesmaids was seen holding up Gates’ long veil.
The ceremony was performed by a longtime family friend, and the bride and groom wrote their own vows.
Jennifer and Nail before their wedding
Following the ceremony, the couple, who began dating in 2017 – made a quick getaway to have some private wedding photos taken on the estate, while guests headed into a specially constructed ‘botanical garden’ where the cocktail hour was being held.
Jennifer and Bill danced to Elton John’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight, while her first dance with her new husband was Yellow Lights, a song ‘which was written and performed by their friend and artist Harry Hudson.’
Coldplay also performed at the reception.
The guest list mostly consists of friends and family, with a few celebrities or politicians invited. Georgina Bloomberg, the daughter of billionaire Michael Bloomberg and a fellow professional equestrian who owns a horse farm nearby.
The rehearsal dinner—which was secretly served as a reception for the private religious ceremony—was catered for by Jean-Georges and included a lobster dish and pasta.
The extravagant two-day event, costing an estimated $2 million, was orchestrated by famed wedding planner Marcy Blum, whose elite client list includes Kevin Bacon, LeBron James, and Billy Joel.
In an interview with Vogue, Jenn said it had been ‘challenging’ planning the event through the pandemic and while her family was ‘going through transitions.’
It’s been a challenging year, both collectively with the pandemic and for our families going through transitions. But our love for one another has been a constant. Being able to celebrate our wedding with our closest friends and family was a dream come true,’ she said.
Big day: Jennifer is pictured on her wedding day – she had her makeup done by Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic
Jennifer, who is in medical school, said it was ‘no small feat’ putting it all together.
‘Planning a wedding while I was in medical school rotations and Nayel was preparing for the Olympics was no small feat,’ she said. Nassar competed for Egypt during this year’s Olympics.
Jennifer also told Vogue she required all 300 of their wedding guests to be vaccinated and take COVID tests, she said, in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
We made the decision that all guests must be fully vaccinated and receive a negative test result prior to the wedding. We also made masks available. We feel incredibly fortunate to be able to gather with our loved ones safely. We know others aren’t as lucky, especially as the pandemic continues to devastate communities in the United States and around the world,” she said.
‘One piece of advice we were given [throughout the planning process] was to remember that this day is about us and our love,’ she went on.
The exes also seem to be co-parenting well, as they reunited to walk daughter Jennifer down the aisle at her wedding to Nayel Nassar in October 2021 (pictured)
‘I think we really kept that at the center of our minds while planning, and we also tried to ensure that our families and friends were able to enjoy themselves.’
After Bill and Melinda’s divorce, the pair reportedly split their joint $130 billion net worth, but it has not been made public how exactly they divided their many assets and large fortune.
The couple owned homes in five different states, a fleet of cars including a rare $2 million Porsche, an art collection that includes a $30 million book of writings and sketches by Leonardo Da Vinci, and a series of private jets.
The Gates had a string of luxury mansions across the US – including Florida, California, and Wyoming – but their main family home was in Washington, near the Gates Foundation headquarters.
Last month Melinda opened up about her ‘unbelievably painful’ divorce from Microsoft billionaire Bill explaining that she ‘just couldn’t stay in that marriage anymore’, while sharing her struggle to continue working alongside her former spouse even as they were in the midst of split up.
Now, the computer scientist has opened up about her decision to leave her husband-of-nearly-three-decades, telling Fortune magazine in a new interview that the COVID-19 pandemic helped give her the ‘privacy to do what she needed to do’ .’
‘I had some reasons I just couldn’t stay in that marriage anymore,’ she explained. But the odd thing about COVID is that it gave me the privacy to do what I needed to do.
‘It’s unbelievably painful, in innumerable ways, but I had the privacy to get through it.’
During the interview, Melinda also slammed Bill for his questionable friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and revealed that he continued to meet with him despite her having ‘nightmares’ about him.
‘I did not like that he had meetings with Jeffrey Epstein. I made that clear to him,” she said, adding that she met Epstein one time because she “wanted to see who he was.”
‘I regretted it from the second I stepped in the door,’ she continued. He was abhorrent, evil personified. I had nightmares about it afterwards.
‘Any of the remaining questions about what Bill’s relationship with him was… those are for Bill to answer. I made it very clear how I felt about him.’
Bill called his meetings with Epstein a ‘huge’ mistake in a statement to CBS. He said: Meeting with Epstein was a mistake that I regret deeply. It was a substantial error in judgement.’
When asked about his previous infidelity back in May, the business mogul told Today, ‘I certainly made mistakes, and I take responsibility.
‘I don’t think delving into the particulars at this point is constructive, but yes, I caused pain and I feel terrible about that. I have responsibility for causing a lot of pain to my family.’
He added of their split: ‘The divorce is definitely a sad thing. It was a tough year. I feel good that all of us are moving forward now.
Melinda and I are continuing to work together. It was sad and tragic, but now we’re moving together.’
They also founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation together in 2000, and even after going their separate ways, the former couple continued to run the foundation together – which Melinda said helped her get through it.
‘I kept working with the person I was moving away from, and I needed to show up and be my best self every single day,’ she continued.
‘So even though I might be crying at 9am and then have to be on a video-conference at 10am with the person I’m leaving, I have to show up and be my best.’
She added that her ‘main concern’ was always ‘protecting her kids’ and that she is thankful that she and Bill have now ‘gotten to the other side.’
Happier times: After Bill and Melinda’s divorce, the pair reportedly split their joint $130 billion net worth, but it has not been made public how exactly they divided their many assets and large fortune (pictured 2019)