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 when she debuted her bump while posing with fellow equestrian Nayel, 31.
The star captioned the photo “Grateful” as she cradled her growing bump in an emerald green dress.
Baby joy: Jennifer Gates is expecting her first child with husband Nayel Nassar
The couple posed in the backyard of the family’s 142-acre estate in North Salem, New York.
Another snap showed a beaming snap of Jennifer gazing down at her blooming bump as she posed 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 for Bill and Melinda – who divorced in 2021 after 27 years of marriage.
Cute: Jennifer looked smitten with her unborn child as she held on to her baby bump
Both Bill and Melinda were there to walk Jennifer down the aisle on her big day last fall, putting aside differences amid their high-profile divorce.
Melinda shared one of the first photos shortly after the wedding, 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 mom 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 thankful we were able to find a way to safely come together for this special day,’ she captioned 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 in front 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 (centre) 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 relaxing brunch, catering from famous New York City restaurants and performances by Coldplay. Event planner Marcy Blum took the reins over the weekend.
The bride had nine bridesmaids dressed in evergreen. Everyone 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 Nayel before their wedding
After the ceremony, the couple – who started dating in 2017 – made a quick getaway to have some private wedding photos taken at the estate, while guests entered a purpose-built ‘botanical garden’ where the cocktail hour was 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 consisted mostly of friends and family, with few celebrities or politicians invited. Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of billionaire Michael Bloomberg and another professional equestrian who owns a horse farm nearby.
The rehearsal dinner – which secretly served as the reception for the private religious ceremony – was catered by Jean-Georges and included a lobster dish and pasta.
The extravagant two-day event, which cost an estimated $2 million, was orchestrated by celebrity 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’ to plan the event through the pandemic and while her family was ‘going through transitions’.
‘It has been a challenging year, both collectively with the pandemic and for our families who have gone through transitions. But our love for each other has been 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 make-up done by Kim Kardashian’s make-up artist Mario Dedivanovic
Jennifer, who is in medical school, said putting it all together was ‘no small feat’.
“Planning a wedding while I was in medical school 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 that she required all 300 of their wedding guests to be vaccinated and take COVID tests, she said, 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 provided masks. We feel incredibly lucky to be able to gather safely with our loved ones. We know others are not so fortunate, especially as the pandemic continues to devastate communities in the United States and around the world,’ she said.
‘A piece of advice we got [throughout the planning process] was to remember that this day is about us and our love,’ she continued.
The exes also appear 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 we were planning and we also tried to make sure our families and friends could enjoy themselves.’
After Bill and Melinda’s divorce, the couple reportedly split their combined net worth of $130 billion, 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 number of private jets.
The Gates had a number of luxury mansions across the United States — 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 ‘incredibly painful’ divorce from Microsoft billionaire Bill, explaining she ‘just couldn’t stay in that marriage anymore’, while sharing her struggle to continue working with her ex-husband , even though they were in the middle of breaking 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 had to do .’
“I had some reasons why I just couldn’t stay in that marriage anymore,” she explained. “But the strange thing about COVID is that it gave me the privacy to do what I needed to do.
‘It’s incredibly painful, in countless ways, but I had the privacy to get through it.’
During the interview, Melinda also criticized Bill for his dubious friendship with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, revealing that he continued to meet with him despite having ‘nightmares’ about him.
‘I didn’t like him having meetings with Jeffrey Epstein. I made that clear to him,” she said, adding that she met Epstein once because she “wanted to see who he was.”
“I regretted it from the second I walked in the door,” she continued. ‘He was hideous, evil personified. I had nightmares about it afterwards.
“All the questions that remain 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: The meeting with Epstein was a mistake that I deeply regret. It was a significant error in judgment.’
When asked about his past infidelity back in May, the business mogul told Today: ‘I definitely made a mistake and I take responsibility.
‘I don’t think it’s constructive to delve into the details at this point, but yes, I caused pain and I feel terrible about it. I am responsible 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 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 going their separate ways, the former couple continued to run the foundation together — which Melinda said helped her through it.
“I kept working with the person I moved on 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 9 a.m. and then have to video conference at 10 a.m. 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 children’ and that she is grateful that she and Bill have now ‘come to the other side’.
Happier times: After Bill and Melinda’s divorce, the couple reportedly split their combined net worth of $130 billion, but it has not been made public how exactly they divided their many assets and large fortune (pictured 2019)