Information You May Need To Know About Matt James
|Height/ Weight||6′ 5″/ 220 lbs|
Matt James Biography
Matt James was just named ABC’s first black “Bachelor” in the reality show’s 18-year run, but Bachelor Nation may already be familiar with the history-making leading man.
James was first introduced to fans of the franchise as Tyler Cameron’s best friend. Cameron, who appeared on Hannah Brown’s season of “The Bachelorette,” shot to stardom after his stint on the show, and his BFF became a familiar face people saw on Cameron’s Instagram account.
Matt James Age
He was born on December 5, 1991. He is 29 years old.
Matt James Education
James graduated with a degree in economics and landed jobs at top companies like Merrill Lynch, Verger Capital Management LLC, and Davenport & Co. LLC. However, during a stint at PNC Bank in Pittsburgh, he frequented Manhattan and fell in love with the Big Apple.
Matt James The Bachelor
His new role comes after Bachelor Nation called for more diversity in the franchise, with thousands rallying around a new petition that called on ABC and executive producer Mike Fleiss to cast more people of color. Rachel Lindsay was also vocal about the lack of diversity on the show, calling on them to rectify the problem. Lindsay was the first and only black lead in the history of the ABC franchise until James’ casting.
James told Good Morning America, “When Rachel speaks, we listen. She has a very important voice in all this, being the first black woman, a person of color to be a leader, and … this is hopefully the first of many black men to be in the position I’m at now.”
“It’s an honor. I’m just going to lean into myself and how my mom raised me, and hopefully when people invite me into their homes on Monday night… they see that diverse love stories are beautiful,” he added.
Matt James Football/ NFL
James, a Raleigh, North Carolina, native, attended Wake Forest University from 2010 to 2014. The 6-foot-5 athlete played as a wide receiver on the school’s football team, the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. During his time on the team, he met Cameron, who played quarterback in 2012 and 2013.
According to a school magazine profile, James was called to play for the NFL’s Carolina Panthers and New Orleans Saints but was eventually cut from both teams.
Matt James ABC Food Tours
James, in partnership with Cameron, launched ABC Food Tours to introduce children who live in temporary housing, domestic violence shelters or low-income homes to New York’s diverse food industry.
According to the ABC Food Tours website, the initial goal was to “find a creative way to engage kids in underserved communities.” However, it has also grown into an opportunity to teach the kids about business owners who came from humble beginnings in the hopes of inspiring the children.
A statement on the website adds, “We believe that by surrounding students with restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, & immigrant business owners who have all overcome similar hardships they can begin to envision these realities for themselves.”
Matt James Net Worth
His estimated net worth is still under review and will be updated as soon as possible.
Matt James Hannah Brown
Matt and Hannah are great buddies.