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The families behind Pippa and James

Press AssociationPress Association 19/07/2016

The engagement of Pippa Middleton and James Matthews brings together the children of two self-made wealthy families - and both have made headlines.

Middleton is the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, and she played a starring role in sister Kate's fairy-tale 2011 royal wedding.

Her parents Michael and Carole earned their fortune before Kate started stepping out with Prince William.

Their mail-order company Party Pieces sells party supplies and has made them millionaires.

Pippa was privately educated and worked for the family business following her graduation from Edinburgh University with an English degree.

But after the royal wedding firmly established her in the public eye, she began a career as a columnist for a national newspaper.

Pippa then struck a deal to write for food retailer Waitrose's magazine and now contributes to its weekly newspaper, which is free for customers.

Her party book, Celebrate, was marketed in 2012 as a one-stop guide to entertaining throughout the year. But the publication was mocked by some for its over-simplistic advice.

Her 40-year-old Eton-educated fiance co-founded the Eden Rock Capital Management Group more than 10 years ago and serves as its chief executive.

His younger brother Spencer is the former star of the reality TV show Made in Chelsea.

Spencer Matthews has been a mainstay of tabloid papers and gossip websites.

Last year he quit I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! because he was taking "steroid-based medication" to bulk up for a charity boxing match.

The brothers' parents David and Jane own the exclusive Eden Rock resort on the Caribbean island of St Barts, which has a villa with a recording studio.

Guests are able to make music on the mixing desk that John Lennon used to record Imagine.

James Matthews is a talented driver who won the British Formula Renault Championship in 1994 - a competition trophy current Formula One world drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton also won in 2003.

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