Leadership is a virtue that is not found in many people. However, for some, they are born leaders and they die leaders. The only difference that is common in a true leader is that they rise from one level to the other without changing their character. James Mattis is such a great and successful leader. In this article, we will learn about the biography and net worth of James Mattis in 2018.
Early Life & Biography
James Mattis was born James Norman Mattis on 8th September 1950 in Pullman, Washington. His dad is known as John West Mattis and his mum is known as Lucille (Proulx) Mattis. John Mattis, James’ father was a merchant mariner between 1955 and 1988. His mum immigrated from Canada to the United States when she was still an infant. During the Second World War, James’ mum worked in South Africa in Army Intelligence.
After James was born, his father moved from Pullman, Washington to Richland and worked for a fissile material supplying plant. He attended Richland High School, Washington and graduated in 1968. He then joined Central Washington University and graduated with a B.A degree in history. 20 years later, he joined National War College (of National Defense University) and graduated with a Masters degree in international security affairs.
James Mattis proposed to Alice Gillis who broke their engagement a few days to their wedding. This was a very trying moment for Mattis and since then, he has never gotten into another relationship. He is not married and has no children. His bachelorhood status earned him a nickname “The Warrior Monk” due to his lifelong devotion to study war. He is however, a devout and committed Catholic and believes in prayers.
Career, Awards & Nominations
James joined the Marine Corps Reserve at the age of 19 (in 1969). On 1st January 1972, the Reserve Officer’ Training Corps commissioned him a second lieutenant. During his service years, he was described as one of the most polished and urbane men and intellectual among the upper ranks.
A few years later, he was promoted to the lieutenant colonel rank and he was tasked to command 1st Battalion, 7th Marines. He led his battalion for the War in Afghanistan beginning November 2001. On 1st February 2005, he took command of their Marine Corps Combat Development Command. He continued raising from one level to another and some of the offices he occupied were; Commander of I Marine Expeditionary Force, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Four star general among others.
Net Worth & Earnings
James Mattis has a net worth of $5.5 million. Although he has worked in different sectors after his retirement in 2013, he has spent much of his life in the military. For that reason, much of his net worth is as a result of the salary he received from the military.
Since his retirement, James has served in the General Dynamics BOD (Board of Directors) as a member and he has also worked for FWA Consultants. On 20th January 2017, he was nominated and confirmed as the United States Secretary of Defense, the office he holds to date.