Nayel Nassar is a professional equestrian. He first began riding at age five and jumping at ten. Nasser qualified for the FEI World Cup Finals in 2013, 2014 and 2017, and the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2014. Most recently, he competed at the Longines FEI World Cup Finals in Paris, and regularly competes on the international Grand Prix circuit.
He took home the $400,000 Longines Grand Prix of New York, the grand finale of the Longines Masters of New York. He is the first rider to win both the Longines Speed Challenge and the Longines Grand Prix at the same event, and the first to do it with the same horse.
In in February 2019, he won the cup at the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Wellingston after he finished the race in 38.15 seconds. Back in 2012, he won the Artisan farms Young Rider Grand Prix Series at the Winter Equestrian Festival. He represented Egypt at the 2012 London Summer Olympics.
Career highlights include: 1st place on Lordan - Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas; 1st place - Las Vegas National Horse Show Winning Round CSI 3; 1st place - Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Del Mar 7th place - Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Langley; 2nd place - Longines Global Champions Tour Valkenswaard CSI 5; 2019 LGCT Hamburg Silver Medalist; 1st place - New York Masters CSI5 Grand Prix; 1st place - Rabat CSIO4 Designated Olympic Qualifier.
Nasser was born in Chicago and grew up in Kuwait, before moving back to California in 2009. He is a graduate of Stanford University. Nassar earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Stanford in 2013. On January 29, 2020, Nasser and Jennifer Gates, daughter of Bill Gates, announced their engagement.