On Thursday night, Mariah Carey got engaged to James Packer, an Australian businessman (and billionaire) she first met at the 2014 premiere of Hercules. “We were talking and laughing and people were getting mad at us and stuff like that. So we hit it off,” Carey recalled on The Steve Harvey Show.
The couple have since had a whirlwind romance, spending last summer in Italy and this Christmas in Aspen, Colorado with the singer’s 4½-year old twins with ex-husband Nick Cannon, Monroe and Moroccan.
So what’s Packer’s deal? We’re very protective of Carey’s heart, so we did a little digging into her new fiancé. Here are five things to know.
1. He is very, very, very, very wealthy.
According to Forbes, Packer is estimated to be worth $4.7 billion. So how did he make his fortune? He got a good head start: His father is the late media mogul Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer. He went on to become the chairperson of Crown Limited, a giant entertainment and resort group in Australia, building his fortune with smart investments. He is estimated to be the fourth-richest person in Australia.
2. He’s been married before.
Like Carey, he also has children from a previous marriage – he has three young kids with his ex-wife Erica Baxter, who is now dating Seal. This will be Packer’s third marriage, as well as Carey’s.
4. He has a bit of a temper.
In 2014, a video showed Packer and fellow billionaire mogul David Gyngell getting into a brawl on the streets of Sydney. The two media moguls, who had been friends since childhood, were both charged $500 for their “offensive behavior.” It turns out, though, that Gyngell, not Packer, had instigated the fight. “He fully accepts that he was the instigator of the incident,” a spokesman said. “Clearly, had he not turned up at Packer’s premises in an angry mood then the confrontation never would have happened.”
Rumors swirled that the fight was over Miranda Kerr, whom Packer was said to be dating at the time. (She denied that she was seeing Packer or in any way involved with the incident.)
Gyngell’s wife, Leila McKinnon, compared the fight to the notorious Knowles-Z elevator incident.
“Ok so they’re much better dressed and a little more discreet but I feel a kingship with Beyonce, Solange, and Jay Z today,” she tweeted.
5. He’s committed to fitness.
While vacationing in Italy with Carey over the summer, Packer showed off his svelte physique while lounging around in a speedo. The pair are believed to have vacationed on Packer’s luxury yacht, the Arctic P.