Melinda French Gates cheers on her future son-in-law at the Olympics as he competes in equestrian sports for Egypt
Melinda French Gates pays special attention to the Tokyo Olympics this week as her future son-in-law represents Egypt in equestrian competitions.
French Gates tweeted Tuesday about Nayel Nassar, her fiancé and Bill Gates’ eldest daughter Jennifer Gates. French Gates said she was proud of the professional show rider… and her horse, Igor.
I still love to watch the Olympics. the #TokyoOlympics are particularly special because I have the chance to encourage my future son-in-law! We are so proud of you, Nayel (and Igor)! pic.twitter.com/tiGz5OMtnH
– Melinda French Gates (@melindagates) August 3, 2021
Nassar, 30, made the individual show jumping final this week and was 24th. Ben Maher of Great Britain won the gold medal. On Instagram, Nassar said it was “not our day,” but he was pleased with how comfortable he and Igor were on “the biggest runway of our lives.” He will participate in the team competition later this week.
It is the first time that the equestrian team of Egypt has qualified for the Olympics in 61 years.
Born in Chicago in 1991, Nassar’s website biography says he was raised by Egyptian parents in Kuwait. He started riding when he was five years old and was successful in international competitions.
He graduated from Stanford University with a degree in economics in 2013.
Gates, 25, also graduated from Stanford, with a degree in human biology in 2018, and is currently pursuing a medical degree from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Gates and Nassar got engaged in January 2020 while on a ski vacation, and his Instagram is full of images of the couple and their mutual love for horses.
Gates is also an equestrian competitor and is the founder of Evergate Stables, an international show jumping team based in Florida. Nassar rides for the Evergate team.