Who is Jamie Gilbert? Know about his millionaire ex-husband of Countdown host Rachel Riley!
Jamie Gilbert is a British businessman and the ex-husband of TV host Rachel Riley. A lot has been spoken and written about Rachel who is the host of The Countdown show and was a contestant in the 2013 season of Dancing with the Stars. But as regards Jamie, there is limited information.
Jamie Gilbert’s relationship with Rachel Riley
Jamie Gilbert and Rachel were both studying at the University of Oxford when they became friends and started dating. She was studying Mathematics at Oriel College and he was doing a degree in Classics.
They are thus college sweethearts. They were in a relationship for four and a half years and called it quits. But they soon reconciled.
Jamie Gilbert’s engagement
Jamie Gilbert was 29 years old when he proposed to Rachel on her 25th birthday on 11 January 2011. The couple was seen shopping for rings during their holiday in Mauritius.
Rachel had narrated:
“I thought Jamie was going to propose when we went to a jewellers and he produced an amazing diamond then asked me to design a ring. But he never actually asked the question!”
“When we were in the car on the way home, I asked Jamie if this meant we were engaged – he said he hoped so, so I said he ought to ask properly.”
“When we got home Jamie finally got down on one knee and proposed and that’s when I got really excited. I’m so happy but it hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’ll feel real once the ring is made and it’s on my finger.”
Jamie’s Gilbert relationship and divorce
Jamie Gilbert told The Mail in 2008:
“Rachel will become a household name once her first Countdown episode is broadcast.
‘She’s wonderful at maths. I never understood her work at university – it all looked like random squiggles to me.”
David also told about Rachel:
“She will be a TV icon. She’s extraordinary.”
They married on 11 August 2012. But it was an intimate affair with only close friends and relatives on the guest list.
When Rachel joined the show Dancing with the Stars, she got close to her dancing partner Pasha Kovalev and Jamie felt left and alone. They divorced in 2013 just 16 months after marriage.
Jamie Gilbert’s early life
Jamie Gilbert was born in 1985. His wealthy father David owns a computer firm called PowerDesk. There are no details available about his mother and siblings if any. He was a brilliant student with an IQ of 173.
Jamie was educated at Charterhouse and later joined Mensa. He completed his degree in Classics from the University of Oxford.
His family had sold their Surrey home to Chelsea and England footballer Ashley Cole and his then-wife Cheryl in 2007 for £3.55 million. Jamie had a lavish childhood and a flashy lifestyle. He was a young chess champion.
He used to drive extravagant cars while in Oxford and an old student of Oriel recalled:
“Jamie was known for driving his Lamborghini to classics seminars. That was pretty unusual, even for Oxford. It was a very smart car and he certainly turned heads.”
Jamie Gilbert’s career
Jamie Gilbert is a millionaire and has a sprawling estate in East Sussex. He owns a maroon Lamborghini Murcielago costing £250,000. Jamie works for his father’s high-end computer company. The company started the integration of PCs into luxury furniture such as desks, coffee tables, and kitchen surfaces.
Later it started marketing a remote-control device that helps keep computer boxes and peripherals such as printers from cluttering up your desk. He is a keen hockey player.
Update on Rachel Riley’s Relationship
After divorcing Jamie Gilbert, she started dating Pasha Kovalev, her Strictly dance partner, shortly after the show wrapped in December 2013. Riley announced in May 2019 that she was expecting the couple’s first child. Riley and Kovalev married in Las Vegas on June 28, 2019.
Riley gave birth to a baby daughter named Maven Aria on December 15, 2019. Riley revealed her pregnancy with the couple’s second child in April 2021. Riley gave birth to their second daughter, Noa, on November 5, 2021.
Short bio on Rachel Riley
Rachel Riley is an English TV presenter best recognized for co-presenting Channel 4’s puzzle game show ‘Countdown’ as well as its comedy spin-off show ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’.
To date, she has also made guest appearances on a number of television programs, such as ‘This Morning ‘, ’12 Again ‘, ‘Pointless Celebrities’, and ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, to name a few. More bio…
Source: dreshare, daily mail