Wed. Dec 1st, 2021

Bill Gates smiles all along with family members as he arrives at Heliport in New York City

Bill Gates smiles all along with family members as he arrives at Heliport in New York City

Elder Ordonez / SplashNews.com Bill Gates

Bill Gates is ready to watch his daughter walk down the aisle.

Billionaire Microsoft co-founder, 65, was seen arriving in New York City Thursday ahead of daughter Jennifer’s wedding to Nayel Nassar over the weekend.

Bill was photographed smiling as he stepped out of a helicopter with family members.

His arrival came a day after Jennifer and mother Melinda French Gates were seen stepping out together.

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“They started the festivities yesterday in NYC,” a source told PEOPLE earlier. “Jennifer was with her family and friends yesterday and Nayel with his.”

“They both seem very excited about their wedding week,” the source added. “It’s going to be a big wedding.”

Bill Gates smiles all along with family members as he arrives at Heliport in New York City

Bill Gates smiles all along with family members as he arrives at Heliport in New York City

Elder Ordonez / SplashNews.com Bill Gates and family

Melinda has also taken an active role in helping Jennifer get ready for her special day – including holding her an “incredibly special” party last month to celebrate her daughter’s exciting new chapter.

“Jennifer is very close to her mother,” the source told PEOPLE. “Melinda is a huge part of the wedding preparations.”

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Melinda and Jennifer Gates

Melinda and Jennifer Gates

splash News (LR) Melinda French Gates and Jennifer Gates

Jennifer, who is currently an MD graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, announced her engagement in January 2020.

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“I can not wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and making love together. Yes a million times,” Jennifer wrote to her post on social media when she told about the surprise proposal that took place over a romantic ski trip.

“I feel like the luckiest (and happiest) man in the world right now,” wrote Nasser, a professional rider who participated in the Olympics in Tokyo, in his own post. “Love you more than you can even imagine, and thank you for making every single day feel like a dream to me. Here it is forever!”

Jennifer Gates Nayel Nassar

Jennifer Gates Nayel Nassar

Nayel Nassar / Instagram Jennifer Gates and Nayel Nassar

Bill and Melinda announced their separation in May. Legal documents filed by Melinda at the time called their marriage “irrevocably broken.”

The former couple continued to end their divorce in August.

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Since her parents’ split, Jennifer has continued to share kind words about both her mother and father.

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While spending time with her father in May, Jennifer shared a smiling photo of the couple. “Nothing better than quality time with family members,” she wrote.

“Happy birthday to our unique mother, woman and hero,” she wrote over the summer as she celebrated her mother’s 57th birthday. “Wishing you the greatest festivities today and the most incredible year ahead.”

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