James Matthews (racing driver)

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James Matthews
James Matthews British F3 1995 Silverstone.jpg
Matthews racing in 1995
James Spencer Matthews

(1975-08-21) 21 August 1975 (age 47)
Occupation(s)Hedge fund manager, former professional racing driver
TitleJames Matthews of Glen Affric the Younger
(m. 2017)
RelativesSpencer Matthews (brother)
FamilyMiddleton (by marriage)

James Spencer Matthews (born 21 August 1975)[1][2] is a British former professional racing driver, hedge fund manager, and heir to the Scottish feudal title of Laird of Glen Affric. In 2017, he married Pippa Middleton, the younger sister of Catherine, Princess of Wales and sister in law of William, Prince of Wales.

Early life and education[edit]

Matthews is the eldest son of David Matthews, whose father Wallace Matthews worked in the coal industry and then a garage near Rotherham.[3][4] David Matthews made a fortune as a car dealer before going into the luxury hotel business.[5] James' father also owns the resort Eden Rock, St Barths and is also laird of a 10,000 acre Scottish estate, Glen Affric. James' mother is Zimbabwean born artist Jane Matthews (née Jane Spencer Parker), whose father was architect Robert Spencer 'Spenny' Parker. Jane Matthews was educated at London's Slade School of Art. James is the older brother of Spencer Matthews, an actor on the reality TV show Made in Chelsea.[6][7][8]

The childhood of Matthews and his two brothers, Spencer and Michael, was split between Caunton Manor, the 18th-century manor house on his family's 30-acre estate in Nottinghamshire, and Eden Rock, St Barths, the family's luxury hotel on the French Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy. Another privately owned home enjoyed by his family is the "castle-like"[9] hunting lodge on their 10,000-acre Glen Affric Estate in Scotland. Matthews' brother, Michael, died in 1999 in a mountaineering accident on Mount Everest, hours after becoming the youngest Briton to conquer the peak.[10] Matthews and his brother Michael both boarded at Uppingham School, in Rutland, whereas Spencer boarded at Eton. James, however, skipped higher education to train as a securities trader at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg, now part of Goldman Sachs. In 1997 James Matthews moved to a finance house called Nordic Options Ltd, which de-merged from Spear, where he became a senior equity options trader.[11][12][13]



As a racing driver he has competed in such series as the British Formula 3 Championship. He won a record number of 11 rounds on his way to the British Formula Renault Championship title in 1994 for Manor Motorsport. Dominating both home and abroad, he added to that by winning the Eurocup Formula Renault in the same year.[14]

City career[edit]

Matthews became a City of London trader in 1995 and in 2001 was co-founder of Eden Rock Capital Management (named after his father's Eden Rock hotel), of which he is now Chief Executive. By 2007 the firm was reported to be managing over £1 billion in assets, and in 2017 David Friedman estimated that Matthews was "a demi-billionaire or close to a billionaire on his own merits".[5]

It was reported in July 2016 that Matthews's Eden Rock Capital Management fund was a major investor in a collapsed Scottish company at the heart of a £90 million fraud investigation.[15]

Glen Affric[edit]

Matthews is the managing director and heir to the 10,000 acre Glen Affric Estate

According to documents lodged with Companies House, James Matthews has been, since 2007, the "solitary managing director of Beaufort Glen Affric Ltd". The 10,000-acre (4,000 ha) Glen Affric Estate is in the Scottish Highlands. As eldest son, upon his father's death, James Matthews will inherit the courtesy title of Laird of Glen Affric. Until that time he is able to use, should he choose to do so, the title, James Matthews of Glen Affric the younger.[7][16][17]

Matthews' brother-in-law, James Middleton was reported in The Times in 2018 as hosting deer stalking parties at Glen Affric Estate. Although Matthews is the heir to the title Laird of Glen Affric, he describes James Middleton as being "a much better host than I am".[18]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2016, it was reported that Matthews had become engaged to Pippa Middleton, sister to Catherine, Princess of Wales.[19] Matthews and Middleton were married on 20 May 2017.[20] As the husband to Middleton and brother-in-law to the Princess of Wales, he is the uncle of Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis, second, third, and fourth in line to the British throne respectively.

Their son was born in October 2018 at St Mary's Hospital, London.[21][22][23] Their elder daughter was born in March 2021.[24] Their second daughter was born in June 2022.[25]


  1. ^ "James Spencer Matthews". Companies House, Government of the United Kingdom. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ "James Matthews – Racing career profile". Driver Database.
  3. ^ "Pippa Middleton wedding to James Matthews". The Australian. 15 May 2017. Retrieved 17 July 2021. David's father worked in the coal industry and then a garage near Rotherham,
  4. ^ "Who are Pippa Middleton's new in-laws?". New Zealand Herald. 29 April 2017. Retrieved 20 July 2021. ....David [Matthews'] father Wallace [Matthews]...garage
  5. ^ a b Schnurr, Samantha (15 May 2017). "Pippa Middleton is about to Marry into a Family with Major Money". E!. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  6. ^ Matthews, Spencer (1 October 2013). Confessions of a Chelsea Boy. Pan Macmillan UK. ISBN 978-1743513217.
  7. ^ a b Gutteridge, Nick (20 July 2016). "Middleton of the Glen! How Pippa will get a title to rival her sister Kate after engagement". Daily Express. UK. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  8. ^ Millington, Alison (4 February 2017). "The secret life of James Matthews, the multi-millionaire hedge funder who is engaged to Pippa Middleton". Business Insider. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  9. ^ Campbell, Kieran (29 October 2014). "Inside world's most exclusive holiday retreats – Glen Affric Estate". The Australian.
  10. ^ "Will Mike Matthews ever rest in Peace ? A sad story gets sadder". EverestNews.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  11. ^ "7 Things to Know About Pippa Middleton's Fiancé, James Matthews". Town and Country. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  12. ^ Robbins, Tom (10 May 2013). "The Eden Rock, the luxury hotel on the French Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy, has launched an outpost in Scotland". Financial Times. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  13. ^ Palmer, Bobby. "Who are the Matthews brothers, Pippa Middleton's soon-to-be family?". The Tab.
  14. ^ "Which Middleton sister's wedding was the best?". The New Zealand Herald. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  15. ^ McGinty, Brendan (31 July 2016). "Pippa Middleton's fiancé was major investor in collapsed Scots company at heart of £90million fraud investigation". Daily Record. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  16. ^ "Pippa Middleton confirms engagement to James Matthews". BBC News. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  17. ^ Matthews, Spencer (1 October 2013). Confessions of a Chelsea Boy. UK: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 978-1743513217.
  18. ^ Vaughan, H. (1 October 2018). "James Middleton gets hotel job after business losses". The Times. Retrieved 1 October 2018. His (Middleton's) brother-in-law, James Matthews, heir to the Laird of Glen Affric title, has spoken highly of Mr Middleton, adding: "He's a much better host than I am."
  19. ^ Betts, Hannah (22 July 2016). "Kate, Pippa and how to spot 'old money' and 'new money'". The Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews in Englefield". The Guardian.
  21. ^ Tominey, Camilla (16 October 2018). "Pippa Middleton reveals birth of first child on same day as Duke and Duchess of Sussex baby announcement". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  22. ^ "Pippa Middleton and James Matthews celebrate baby boy's birth". BBC. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  23. ^ De Paor, Blathin (2 November 2018). "The special name Pippa Middleton chose for her son finally revealed". RSVP Live.
  24. ^ Petit, Stephanie; Hill, Erin (15 March 2021). "Pippa Middleton Welcomes Baby Girl — and Her Name Has a Special Connection to Aunt Kate!". People. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  25. ^ Hill, Erin; Perry, Simon (11 July 2022). "Pippa Middleton Welcomes Third Child — a Baby Girl!". People. Retrieved 11 July 2022.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by British Formula Renault
UK series champion

Succeeded by
Preceded by Eurocup Formula Renault champion
Succeeded by
Preceded by Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

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