James Matthews (racing driver)

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James Matthews
Nationality British
Born (1975-08-21) 21 August 1975 (age 41)

James Spencer Matthews (born 21 August 1975)[1][2] is a British former professional racing driver, hedge fund manager, and heir to the Scottish title of Laird of Glen Affric.

Early life and education[edit]

Matthews' father is landowner David Matthews, who also owns the resort, Eden Rock, St Barths. James' mother is artist Jane Matthews (née Spencer Parker) whose father was architect Robert Spencer ‘Spenny’ Parker. Jane Matthews is a graduate of 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' brother, Michael, died in 1999 in a mountaineering accident on Everest, hours after becoming the youngest Briton to conquer the peak. Matthews and his brother Michael both boarded at Uppingham School, in Rutland, whereas Spencer boarded at Eton.[7] James, however, skipped higher education to train as a finance 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][11][12]

Career[edit]

Racing[edit]

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.[citation needed]

Glen Affric Estate[edit]

Matthews is 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][17]

It was reported in July 2016 that Matthews' Eden Rock Capital Management fund was a major investor in a collapsed Scots company at the heart of a £90 million fraud investigation.[18]

Personal life[edit]

In July 2016, it was reported that Matthews had become engaged to socialite and columnist Pippa Middleton.[19]

References[edit]

  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. ^ Kay, Richard (20 July 2016). "The VERY black sheep joining Pippa's family: Spencer Matthews - the cocaine-snorting playboy who boasts he's bedded 1,000 women - makes her naughty Uncle Gary look like a choirboy!". UK Daily Mail. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  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. ^ Kay, Richard (21 July 2016). "The VERY black sheep joining Pippa's family: Spencer Matthews - the cocaine-snorting playboy who boasts he's bedded 1,000 women - makes her naughty Uncle Gary look like a choirboy!". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  11. ^ Adams, Guy (22 January 2016). "Millionaire (and toxic playboy brother) who could be Kate's new in-law". Daily Mail. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  12. ^ Palmer, Bobby. "Who are the Matthews brothers, Pippa Middleton's soon-to-be family?". The Tab. 
  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. ^ London, Bianca (21 July 2016). "Pippa Middleton flashes her '£200,000' engagement ring walking her dog Rafa – as it's revealed she will get her own title as Lady Glen Affric when she marries James Matthews". Daily Mail. UK. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  15. ^ "Pippa Middleton confirms engagement to James Matthews". BBC. BBC News. 19 July 2016. Retrieved 19 July 2016. 
  16. ^ 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. 
  17. ^ Matthews, Spencer (1 October 2013). Confessions of a Chelsea Boy. UK: Pan Macmillan. ISBN 1743513216. 
  18. ^ 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. 
  19. ^ Betts, Hannah (22 July 2016). "Kate, Pippa and how to spot 'old money' and 'new money'". Daily Telegraph. UK. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 

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

1994
Succeeded by
Guy Smith
Preceded by
Olivier Couvreur
Eurocup Formula Renault champion
1994
Succeeded by
Cyrille Sauvage
Awards
Preceded by
Dario Franchitti
Autosport
British Club Driver of the Year

1994
Succeeded by
Guy Smith