James Matthews (racing driver)

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James Matthews
James Matthews British F3 1995 Silverstone.jpg
Matthews racing in 1995
Born James Spencer Matthews
(1975-08-21) 21 August 1975 (age 43)
Occupation Hedge fund manager, former professional racing driver
Title James Matthews of Glen Affric the younger
Pippa Middleton (m. 2017)
Children 1
Relatives Spencer Matthews (brother)

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, younger sister of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Early life and education[edit]

James's father is landowner David Matthews, who also owns the resort, Eden Rock, St Barths. James's mother is artist Jane Matthews (née 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 scripted reality TV show Made in Chelsea.[3][4][5]

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"[6] hunting lodge on their 10,000-acre Glen Affric Estate in Scotland. Matthews's brother, Michael, died in 1999 in a mountaineering accident on Everest, hours after becoming the youngest Briton to conquer the peak.[7] 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.[8][9][10]



As a racing driver he has competed in such series as the British Formula 3 Championship. He won the British Formula Renault Championship in 1994 for Manor Motorsport. He followed that up by winning the Eurocup Formula Renault in the same year.[11][12]

Glen Affric Estate[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.[13][14][15][16]

It was reported in July 2016 that Matthews's Eden Rock Capital Management fund was a major investor in a collapsed Scots company at the heart of a £90 million fraud investigation.[17]

Matthews's 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, it is his wife's brother, James, who was described by Matthews himself 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 socialite and columnist Pippa Middleton, sister to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.[19] Matthews and Middleton were married on 20 May 2017.[20]

In June 2018, the couple announced that they were expecting their first child.[21][22][23] Their son was born on 15 October 2018, at St Mary's Hospital, London.[24][25]


  1. ^ "James Spencer MATTHEWS". companieshouse.gov.uk. UK Government. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  2. ^ "James Matthews – Racing career profile – Driver Database".
  3. ^ Matthews, Spencer (1 October 2013). Confessions of a Chelsea Boy. Pan Macmillan UK. ISBN 1743513216.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Millington, Alison. "The secret life of James Matthews, the multi-millionaire hedge funder who is engaged to Pippa Middleton". Business Insider – 4 February 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2017.
  6. ^ Campbell, Kieran (29 October 2014). "Inside world's most exclusive holiday retreats – Glen Affric Estate". The Australian.
  7. ^ "Will Mike Matthews ever rest in Peace ? A sad story gets sadder". EverestNews.com. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "7 Things to Know About Pippa Middleton's Fiancé, James Matthews". Town and Country. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
  9. ^ 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". The Financial Times Ltd. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  10. ^ Palmer, Bobby. "Who are the Matthews brothers, Pippa Middleton's soon-to-be family?". The Tab.
  11. ^ Littlejohn, Georgina. "What does James Matthews do for a living?". UK Sun - 21 May 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2017. 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.
  12. ^ "Which Middleton sister's wedding was the best?". © Copyright 2017, NZME. Publishing Limited. Retrieved 23 May 2017.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ "Pippa Middleton confirms engagement to James Matthews". BBC. BBC News. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016.
  15. ^ 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.
  16. ^ Matthews, Spencer (1 October 2013). Confessions of a Chelsea Boy. UK: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 1743513216.
  17. ^ 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.
  18. ^ Vaughan, H. "James Middleton gets hotel job after business losses". The Times (UK) - 1 October 2018. 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'". Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 3 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Pippa Middleton marries James Matthews in Englefield". The Guardian.
  21. ^ "Pippa Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge's sister, announces pregnancy". Toronto Star. Associated Press. 7 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  22. ^ "Pippa Middleton Confirms Pregnancy, Reveals She Didn't 'Suffer from Morning Sickness' Like Sister Kate". People. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  23. ^ "Pippa Middleton confirms pregnancy". BBC News. 8 June 2018. Retrieved 8 June 2018.
  24. ^ 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.
  25. ^ "Pippa Middleton and James Matthews celebrate baby boy's birth". BBC. 16 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ivan Arias
British Formula Renault
UK series champion

Succeeded by
Guy Smith
Preceded by
Olivier Couvreur
Eurocup Formula Renault champion
Succeeded by
Cyrille Sauvage
Preceded by
Dario Franchitti
British Club Driver of the Year

Succeeded by
Guy Smith