Started in 1987 by Carole and Michael Middleton, Party Pieces, was bought out of administration in May by entrepreneur James Sinclair. Mr Sinclair owns a number of businesses including Teddy Tastic Bear Co Ltd.
The Middleton’s business was built off the back end of inheriting a million-pound trust fund, rooted in the family’s aristocratic ties.
All members of the family have found money through business ventures and work, including Pippa Middleton, Princess Kate’s sister, who has made a considerable amount from penning books and columns.
Her husband James Matthews is also a notable businessman – here Express.co.uk looks at how he made his fortune.
James lives with wife Pippa in a £17million home in London, with their net worth surpassing that of many members of the Royal Family.
Alongside Pippa’s work, James brings in a hefty figure.
Coming from a family of money, he made a healthy living as a professional racing driver in the Nineties, competing in races like 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, and a Eurocup Formula Renault win in the same year earned him a pretty penny.
Pippa Middleton and James Matthews are worth a fortune with their combined earnings
Quitting the racing world, James became a City of London trader in 1995, and by 2001, had co-founded Eden Rock Capital Management firm — named after his father’s Eden Rock hotel in the Caribbean.
He is now Chief Executive of the firm, which was by 2007 reported to be managing over £1billlion in assets.
In 2017, David Friedman, the co-founder of WealthQuotient, spoke about James’s financial situation to E! News, saying, “His stake in Eden Capital and the money he potentially has taken out over the last 16 years could make him a demi-billionaire or close to a billionaire on his own merits.”
As a result, James’s net worth has been estimated as upwards of £2billion. However, the official number has never been confirmed.
James and Pippa first met on the Caribbean Island of St Barts in 2007, at the hotel which is owned by his father.
At the time, James didn’t pursue Pippa as he had only recently come out of a long-term relationship and was focusing on building up the family business.
Instead, the pair became close friends, and in 2012, decided to take their friendship further, and went on a number of dates.
But soon things fizzled out and the pair went their separate ways.
Two years later, and after Pippa had split from boyfriend Nico Jackson, she and James finally got together for good, marrying in 2017, and going on to welcome three children, Arthur Michael William in 2018, Grace Elizabeth Jane in 2021, and Rose Louise Victoria in 2022.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK