DUBAI: Jennifer Gates, daughter of billionaire Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, opened up about her relationship with her fiancé, the Egyptian show jumper Nayel Nassar.
In an interview with equestrian-focused publication Sidelines Magazine, the 23-year-old Stanford graduate said: “Nayel always reminds me to believe in myself, which is so important. I’m so lucky to have him as a partner.”
He’s incredibly supportive, humble and loyal, and someone that I look forward to building a life with.”
Nassar, 29, proposed to Gates, who has a degree in human biology, in January during a ski trip.
“Everything happened organically,” she said in the interview. “We had discussed spending a future together, which I think is very important, but I was surprised – happily surprised – by the proposal.”
The two have been together since January 2017, bonding over their passion for equestrian sports, with Gates also being an equestrian athlete who competes frequently, but not on a professional level like Nassar. Both belong to the Paris Panthers, a riding club which competes in different forms of equestrian sporting events.
Similar to Jennifer Gates, Nassar was born to millionaire parents in Chicago in the US but was raised in Kuwait.
His parents run an architecture and design firm which relocated to the US in 2009.
Nassar, who graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics, began riding when he was five, and was jumping by the age of 10. He first qualified in 2013 for the FEI World Cup Finals, an annual international competition which includes the most skilled and talented show jumping horses and riders.