Although Middleton created a nice fortune on her own, marrying billionaire James Matthews was a serious net worth game changer. So how much did Middleton make before she wed? And which super-famous reality star’s fortune is dwarfed by Matthews’ riches (page 6)?
1. Middleton was a professional party planner
- She has a degree from the University of Edinburgh.
After graduating with an English Literature degree from the University of Edinburgh, Middleton moved into the public relations arena, according to the Daily Mail. She first worked in event planning for a company called Table Talk. But then she created an online party planning resource called Party Times. Middleton also leveraged her party planning acumen for her family’s business, Party Pieces too.
Next: Her next business allegedly made the monarchy nervous.
2. She also created and ran her own company
- She reportedly made £200,000 between May 2013 and May 2014.
Middleton was the only director and shareholder of PXM Enterprises, Limited, according to AOL. Middleton created the company, designed to manage her publishing activities, the Daily Mail reports. Although she made a reported £200,000 between May 2013 and May 2014, she closed the company in 2017. According to rumors, Prince William may have influenced Middleton’s decision to shut down the business, Inquisitr reports. The tabloid suggests Prince William was worried her PXM might embarrass the royal family.
Next: These gigs likely contributed to Middleton’s bottom line.
3. Middleton also had some editorial gigs
- She wrote for The Spectator and was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair.
Possibly housed under PXM Enterprises, Middleton also explored a number of media and editorial opportunities. She wrote for The Spectator. And was also named as a contributing editor for Vanity Fair, according to the Daily Mail. Middleton also had opportunities on NBC’s Today Show too. She was rumored to be the next Today Show correspondent in 2014, Parade reports, however, nothing formally materialized.
Next: This may have given her net worth a huge shot in the arm.
4. She had a crazy, high-paying book deal
- She received £400,000 to write Celebrate.
Middleton scored a lucrative book deal based on her party planning expertise, according to The Telegraph. The book was a complete guide to planning, which included recipes, advice, and how to throw different themed parties. Slated to arrive in bookstores before Christmas 2012, Middleton received £400,000 to pen her book, called Celebrate.
Unfortunately, the book was widely panned by critics who said the book lacked creativity and the ingenuity it promised to deliver, according to The Telegraph.
Next: But then came James…
5. Middleton meets and marries the man of her dreams
- Matthews is worth about $2.6 billion.
In 2012, Middleton started dating James Matthews. The relationship didn’t last, but the couple eventually reunited in 2015, E! News reports. They married in 2017. And while James Matthews, Middleton’s (now) husband is just as adorable as she; he’s filthy rich too. In addition to coming from money, Matthews made a mint by creating hedge fund, Eden Rock Capital Management. Between his investments, homes, and salary, Matthews’ net worth is estimated to be about $2.6 billion
Next: He banks more than this rich reality star.
6. Matthews is worth more than this highly paid reality star
- Kim Kardashian is worth about $175 million.
The Kardashian clan is pretty rich, but their fortunes are dwarfed by Matthew’s billions. Kim Kardashian makes more than her sisters and mother at $175 million, according to Time. Her fortune is obviously moons away from what Matthews pulls in. And while Matthews has amassed quite a fortune, his net worth is far away from what the richest people in the world are worth, according to the impressive list by CBS News.
Next: Their combined wealth is nothing to sneeze at either.
7. Their combined wealth is pretty impressive
- Combined, the couple has a net worth of nearly $3 billion.
Matthews’ and Middleton’s combined fortunes put the couple in a unique position. Before marriage, Middleton was reportedly worth about $1 million, the Daily Mail reports. If you combine her net worth with his, it is no surprise Middleton’s engagement ring alone is valued at $323,550, E! News reports. Beyond money alone, Matthews also has a title. His father is the Laird of Glen Affric, which means when Matthews’ dad dies, he will inherit the title. Middleton will become the Lady of Glen Affric.
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