Jennifer Gates is expecting her first child with her husband, Nayel Nassar.
The 26-year-old daughter of billionaire Bill Gates and his ex-wife Melinda revealed the good news on Thanksgiving as she made her debut with fellow jockey Nile, 31.
“Thankful,” the star captioned while embracing her growing bump in an emerald green dress.
The joy of the child: Jennifer Gates is expecting her first child from her husband, Nayel Nassar
The couple stood in the backyard of the family’s 142-acre home in North Salem, New York.
A second shot showed a radiant shot of Jennifer staring at her blossoming bump while standing in a garden.
“I couldn’t be more excited to meet this little one and watch you two become parents,” wrote the proud 58-year-old grandmother Melinda.
Jennifer and Nile’s baby will be the first grandchild for Bill and Melinda – who are divorcing in 2021 after 27 years of marriage.
Sweet: Jennifer seemed locked in with her unborn child while clutching her stomach
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 big divorce.
Melinda shared one of the first photos shortly after the wedding, showing the moment she and Niles walked down the aisle on October 16, 2021, moments after the announcement was made as husband and wife.
The photo was taken after the couple’s second set of vows, which followed a smaller Muslim religious ceremony in the garden of the family’s 142-acre home in North Salem, New York.
Jennifer proudly posted the wedding photo to Instagram early Monday afternoon, adding the caption: “My world 10.16.21.”
First Grandchild “I couldn’t be more excited to meet this little one and watch you become parents,” wrote the proud grandmother, Melinda, 58.
SO happy: Melinda said she has “never stopped smiling” since revealing the pregnancy
Meanwhile, Jennifer’s mom also shared a new photo from the special day.
What a joy it was 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 on this special day,” she wrote, captioning a photo of Jennifer and Nile posing together outdoors.
The couple hosted 300 guests for the occasion.
In the paparazzi photos, Jennifer is seen holding a bouquet before the ceremony, with her veil lifted over her face. She wore her auburn hair half up and half down and wore a pair of earrings to accentuate her dress.
Family: Jennifer (center) is the eldest daughter of Microsoft magnates Bill and Melinda (pictured with sister Phoebe, 20 and brother Rory, 23)
The wedding weekend also included a quick brunch, food catering by popular New York City restaurants, and performances from Coldplay. Event planner Marcy Bloom took over for the weekend.
The bride has nine bridesmaids dressed in evergreens. Everyone seemed to be smiling and laughing during the photoshoot, and one of the bridesmaids was seen lifting Gates’ long veil.
The ceremony was performed by an old friend of the family, and the bride and groom wrote their own vows.
Jennifer and Niall before their wedding
After the ceremony, the couple, who began dating in 2017, took a quick getaway to snap some special wedding photos at the property, while guests headed to a specially constructed ‘botanical garden’ where cocktail hour was being held.
Jennifer and Bell danced to Elton John’s Can You Feel The Love Tonight, while her first dance with her new husband was to Yellow Lights, a song written and performed by their friend and artist Harry Hudson.
Coldplay also performed at the reception.
The guest list consisted mostly of friends and family, with a few celebrities or politicians invited. Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of billionaire Michael Bloomberg and fellow professional equestrian who owns a nearby horse ranch.
The rehearsal dinner—which served as the reception for the private religious ceremony—was catered for by Jean-Georges and included a lobster and pasta dish.
The extravagant two-day event, at an estimated cost of $2 million, was staged by celebrity wedding planner Marcy Bloom, whose elite client list includes Kevin Bacon, LeBron James, and Billy Joel.
In an interview with Vogue magazineJane said planning the event during the pandemic was a “challenge” while her family was “going through a transition”.
It’s been a challenging year, both collectively with the pandemic and for our families in transition. But our love for each other was unwavering. Being able to celebrate our wedding with our closest friends and family was a dream come true.
Big day: Jennifer was photographed on her wedding day – her makeup was done by Kim Kardashian’s makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic
It’s no small feat to put it together,” said Jennifer, who’s in medical school.
“Planning a wedding while I was in medical school courses and Nile was preparing for the Olympics was no small feat,” she said. Nassar competed for Egypt’s national team during this year’s Olympics.
Jennifer also told Vogue that she has requested that all 300 wedding guests be vaccinated and given COVID tests, in order to ensure everyone’s safety.
We have made the decision that all guests must be fully vaccinated and have a negative test result before the wedding. We also provided masks. We feel very fortunate to be able to safely reunite with our loved ones. We know others aren’t so lucky, especially as the pandemic continues to ravage communities in the United States and around the world.
One piece of advice we’ve received [throughout the planning process] We must remember that this day is about us and our love,”
These ex also appear to be co-parenting, 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 in mind while planning, and also tried to make sure our families and friends were able to enjoy themselves.”
After Bill and Melinda divorced, the couple was said to split their combined net worth of $130 billion, but it was not announced how they would split their many assets and sizable fortune.
The couple owned homes in five different states, a fleet of cars including a rare $2 million Porsche, an art collection including $30 million worth of Leonardo da Vinci writings and drawings, and a series of private jets.
The Gates had a string of luxurious mansions across the United States—including Florida, California, and Wyoming—but the main family home was in Washington, near the Gates Foundation headquarters.
Last month, Melinda spoke about her ‘incredibly painful’ divorce from Microsoft billionaire Bill explaining that she ‘couldn’t stay in this marriage any longer’, while sharing her struggle to continue working alongside her ex-husband even when they were In the midst of separating.
Now, the computer scientist has opened up about her decision to leave her husband of nearly three decades, she says luck Magazine in a new interview that the COVID-19 pandemic has helped give her “the privacy to do what she needs to do.”
“I had some reasons why I couldn’t stay in this marriage anymore,” she explained. But the weird thing about COVID is that it has given me the privacy to do what I need to do.
“It’s incredibly painful, in countless ways, but I had the privacy to get through it.”
During the interview, Melinda also blasted Bill over his questionable friendship with Jeffrey Epstein, revealing that he kept seeing him despite having “nightmares” about him.
I didn’t like that he had meetings with Jeffrey Epstein. I made it clear to him,” she said, adding that she once met Epstein because she “wanted to know who he was.”
“I regretted it from the second I walked through the door,” she continued. He was an abomination, a villain in the flesh. I had nightmares after that.
Any of the remaining questions about Bill’s relationship to him… Bill must answer. I explained how I felt about him.
Bell called his encounters with Epstein a “fatal” mistake in a statement to CBS. He said: Meeting Epstein was a mistake that I deeply regret. It was a fundamental error of judgment.
When asked about his past infidelity in May, the business mogul told Today, “I definitely made mistakes, and I take responsibility.
I don’t think it’s constructive to go into detail at this point, but yeah, I caused pain and I feel terrible about it. I take responsibility for causing so much pain to my family.
Of their split, he added: “The divorce is definitely sad. It was a difficult year. I feel good that we are all moving forward now.
“Melinda and I continue to work together. It was sad and tragic, but now we are moving in together.
They also founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation together in 2000, and even after they went their separate ways, the former couple continued to run the foundation together — which Melinda said helped her get through it.
I continued to work with the person I was walking away from, needing to look and be my best every single day.
So even though I might cry 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 self. ”
She added that her “main concern” has always been “to protect her children” and that she is grateful that she and Bill are now on the other side.
Happier times: After Bill and Melinda’s divorce, the couple reportedly split their combined net worth of $130 billion, but it hasn’t been announced how they’ll split their many assets and sizable fortune (pictured 2019)