JAMES Matthews is the billionaire husband to Princess Kate’s sister Pippa Middleton.
As well as this, former racing car driver is the older brother of Made In Chelsea star Spencer, but who is Pippa’s husband and the father of her second child?
Who is James Matthews?
James Spencer Matthews was born on August 21, 1975, to parents David, who owns the luxury Eden Rock resort in St Barts in the Caribbean, and artist mother Jane.
James is the heir to the Scottish title of Laird of Glen Affric and his childhood was split between St Barts and Caunton Manor in Lincolnshire.
His younger brother is reality TV star Spencer Matthews, who made his name on E4 show Made in Chelsea.
He had an older brother, Michael, who died in a mountaineering accident in 1999 on Mount Everest, just hours after becoming the youngest Briton to conquer the peak.
James also has a half-sister, Nina Mackie, from his father’s first marriage to Anita Taylor.
James, 45, was educated at Uppingham School in Rutland.
What is James Matthews’ net worth?
James’ total value has been estimated as upwards of two billion pounds, but the official number has never been confirmed.
James trained as a finance trader at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg – which is now part of Goldman Sachs.
In 1997, he moved to finance house Nordic Options Ltd where he became a senior equity options trader.
He now manages a hedge fund and is chief executive of Eden Rock Capital Management Group, which was a major investor in a collapsed Scots company at the heart of a £90 million fraud investigation.
He used to be a racing driver, and competed in the British Formula 3 Championship, won the British Formula Renault Championship in 1994, and then the Eurocup Formula Renault that same year.
How did James Matthews meet Pippa Middleton?
James first met Pippa, the younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, on the Caribbean island of St Barts in 2007.
However, at the time he didn’t pursue her as he’d just come out of a long-term relationship and was focusing on building up his business.
In 2012, they dated for a few months but it fizzled out and it was only two years later, when Pippa had split from boyfriend Nico Jackson, that the pair finally became an item.
After seven months, she moved in with him before he proposed to her in July 2016.
When did James Matthews and Pippa Middleton get married?
They married on May 20, 2017, with Prince George as page boy and Princess Charlotte as flower girl.
The pair tied the knot at St Mark’s church in Englefield, a village near Reading, in Berkshire.
The couple hired a glass marquee for the reception.
Guests included Kate, Wills and their children, Prince Harry, Spencer Matthews and Roger Federer.
How many children do they have?
Pippa, 37, and James have one child – but announced they are expecting a second in December 2020.
A source close to the Middleton family said: “Pippa and James are thrilled, it’s fantastic news amid a difficult year. The entire family is delighted.”
Pippa’s mum, Carole, has also confirmed the news in an interview with Good Housekeeping.
The 66-year-old told the magazine she hopes to see more of her family this year – including her “new grandchild”.
MORE ON PIPPA
On April 21 2018, The Sun exclusively revealed Pippa’s pregnancy with their first child.
The couple told close family and friends after her 12-week scan.
On October 15 2018, Pippa gave birth to the couple’s son, named Arthur, weighing 8lb 9oz at the Lindo Wing.
Source: The Sun
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