Who is Carter Reum? Paris Hilton gets engaged to entrepreneur boyfriend who has been her friend for 15 years
The couple was celebrating Paris Hilton's birthday on a private island when Carter popped the question with a ring
Paris Hilton became officially engaged to boyfriend Carter Reum on Saturday, February 13, after dating for more than a year. The news of their engagement was confirmed on Hilton's 40th birthday, People reported. "This past year with COVID has accelerated so many things. As someone who traveled constantly, I had a chance to stay home and reevaluate what was important to me. My relationship and the time I spent with Carter was a gift," Paris told the outlet. "I'm excited for our next chapter."
Carter, also 40, told People that he had "the unique opportunity to get to know the real Paris on a daily basis just the two of us during these past 15 months and I couldn't be more excited and lucky to have her as my future wife and partner. She shines with her kindness, work ethic, authenticity, and her voice in making the world a better place and she will do the same as a future mother and wife."
The couple was celebrating Hilton's birthday on a private island when Carter popped the question with a ring designed by Jean Dousset, the great-grandson of Louis Cartier. The lovebirds then had an intimate celebration with family members, including Hilton's sister, Nicky Hilton, and Carter's brother, Courtney Reum.
Carter has been a longtime friend of the Hilton family and started venture capital firm M13 with his brother Courtney. Despite having grown up in Chicago, Carter went to school in New York City at Columbia University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA (and placed second in his class). He went on to co-found the liquor brand VEEV Spirits with his brother. Meanwhile, their VC firm M13 has invested in major brands such as Lyft, Classpass, Snapchat, and Pinterest. According to Carter's official bio, he is also a former Goldman Sachs investment banker.
In 2018, Carter co-authored a book with Courtney titled Shortcut Your Startup: Speed Up Success with Unconventional Advice from the Trenches, which went on to become a bestseller. The 40-year-old entrepreneur is also a contributing author for INC Magazine and has been a board member at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art since 2017, according to his LinkedIn.
Paris Hilton first opened up about her relationship with Carter in an interview with People in September. She said the pair had "gotten so close" over the past year amid the pandemic. "This is the first time I've actually been forced not to travel and stay home," Paris told the magazine at the time. "The silver lining is that I get to be with my pets and my boyfriend. We have gotten so close. The amount of time we've had together is what would normally take five years!"
The hotel heiress said the pair knew each other for nearly 15 years before they began dating. "We just had this incredible chemistry. We had our first date and haven't spent a night apart since. It's pretty amazing," Paris Hilton gushed. "Carter actually reminds me of my dad! He makes me feel safe and happy. I finally found the right one," she added.