Matt James
Matt James (Photo: Matt's Instagram)

Matt James is an American television personality and businessman who is the first-ever Black male lead of The Bachelor franchise.

However, Matt’s journey to find love in season 25 of The Bachelor was the most dramatic in the Bachelor’s history.

Here let’s learn more about Matt who currently is a participant in Dancing With The Stars season 30.

Matt James And Rachael Kirkconnell

The Bachelor season 25 lead Matt James is dating the winner of the show Rachael Kirkconnell. Rachael who was at the center of the season's off-screen drama as a contestant, became the winner of the show after Matt James gave her the final rose. 

Matt’s strong feelings for Rachael were clear to the viewers throughout the season however, huge controversies swirled which brought plenty of complications.

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The first headline was made after a TikTok user accused Rachael of being racist in high school and another TikTok user also accused her of liking racist photos.

Matt James and Rachael Kirkconnell.

Although Matt released a statement defending Rachael on 2nd February 2021, a day later photos emerged of Rachael wearing an antebellum-style plantation dress at a plantation-themed frat party in 2018 which resurfaced and led to massive backlash.

The longtime Bachelor host Chris Harrison then gave a controversial interview defending Rachael Kirkconnell to Rachael Lindsay.

Rachael broke her silence and apologized on 11th February via Instagram but the damage from Chris’s interview was already done due to which he apologized and announced stepping back from the “Bachelor” franchise on 13 February 2021.

Matt and Rachael called it a quit after, Rachael made her public apology in mid-February.

Even though, during the finale, Matt picked Rachael over Michelle Young but opted not to propose.

After the finale aired Rachael called Matt the love of her life via Instagram and soon they started working on their relationship privately.

They were continuously photographed traveling and getting mani-pedis together. As of now, the pair is often seen documenting their pictures together on their social media.

Matt’s girlfriend Rachael Kirkconnell is a Cumming, Georgia-based graphic designer, reality show star, and social media personality.

Occupation, Job & Net Worth

Matt James was both athletic and academically good from his college days. According to his LinkedIn profile, Matt initially was Broker Assistant at Davenport & Company LLC for 4 months from May 2013 to August 2013. Then for another 4 months from May 2014 to August 2014, he became Broker Assistant of Merrill Lynch. In July 2014 he joined Morgan Stanley and wired there as a Social Media Strategist until August 2014.

From August 2014 to December 2014, Matt worked as Junior Analyst for Verger Capital Management LLC. 

For April 2015 he also was the professional athlete for Carolina Panthers and from May 2015 to July 2015 he was the professional athlete for New Orleans Saints.

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Likewise, he joined PNC as a corporate & institutional banking analyst in February 2016 and worked there until April 2017. He also became the media planner for Mic from April 2017 to October 2017.

In May 2018, Matt founded a non-profit organization named ABC Food Tours. Furthermore, he has also been working at CBRE as an associate since May 2019. Initially, he was at the research team of Downtown Manhattan of CBRE from October 2017 to February 2019 but from February 2019 to May 2019, Matt became the asset manager at Greater New York City Area.

So, as a reality show star, real estate broker, entrepreneur, and community organization founder Matt James accumulates a net worth of about $700 thousand.

As of now, Matt is also participating in Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) season 30 with dancing partner Lindsay Arnold.

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Bio: Family & Parents

Matt James was born on 5th December 1991 in Raleigh, North Carolina to Black Nigerian father Manny James and White American Mother Patty Cuculo James. He was raised bi-racial alongside his elder brother John. His parents got separated when Matt was young so, he was raised by his single mother.

Matt James mother.

Talking about his education, Matt went to Sanderson High School and later graduated from Wake Forest University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Talking about the height of Matt James, he is 6 feet and 5 inches tall.

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