Everything You Need to Know About Pippa Middleton’s Fiance, James Matthews

posted: 08/14/16
by: Rebecca Goldberg
Excitement circulated around the world, with the announcement of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews engagement. Matthews proposed on July 17th, with an incredible engagement ring approximately worth more than $323,000.

As we eagerly await what will certainly be a wedding to remember, we've enjoyed speculating with Pnina Tornai about what Pippa might wear. Now, we're turning to her groom-to-be.

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Here's what you need to know:

Middleton (32) and Matthews (40) briefly dated back in 2012, and then reunited a few years later in 2015.

The two bonded over a shared love of athletics. They are both successful tennis players and recently were spotted taking in Wimbledon.

Last year, the engaged couple indulged their adventurous side by competing in a cross-country ski race, and a 50-mile swim-and-track race together.

At age 18, Matthews was known for his accomplishments as a race car driver. Vroom vroom!

Currently, Matthews resides with Pippa in a $17 million Chelsea townhouse.

Matthews younger brother Spencer (27) is well-known for being a reality TV star, after being featured in Made in Chelsea, which highlights London socialites.

James' younger brother, Michael, is remembered as the youngest Brit to ever climb Mt. Everest. At the young age of 23, he tragically died in an accident while descending down the mountain.

Pippa later climbed Matterhorn with her brother, in memory of Michael.

In honor of Michael, the Matthews family founded the Michael Matthews Foundation, and continually participate in athletic events to raise money for the organization. James has competed in numerous events-- the London Marathon, Race Across America, and the Otilla endurance race with Pippa, to name a few.
Matthews knows a thing or two about finances. Approximately 10 years ago, he founded a hedge fund titled Eden Rock Capital Management Group. He is presently serving as CEO of the company.

Matthews attended a private male boarding school, Eton College, that other well-known names too attended. You might have heard of them... Prince William, Prince Harry, and actors Tom Hiddleston and Edie Redmayne.

Friends have reported that Matthews was smitten with Pippa from the first time they met, but waited for the right time to pursue a relationship.

The couple plans to marry next year, and we can't wait to see what they plan for their special day.

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