Pete Hegseth Biography

Pete Hegseth is a prominent figure in American television, recognized as both a host and author. He captivates viewers with his genuine demeanor and commitment to integrity. Currently, he holds the position of co-host for the popular program Fox & Friends Weekend.

In addition to his media career, Hegseth has an impressive background as a former military officer, having served in the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. His firsthand experience in these wars lends him a unique perspective and enhances his credibility on various topics.

Early Life 

Pete Hegseth was born on 6th June 1980 in Forest Lake, Minnesota, the United States to parents Brian and Penelope Hegseth. His father was a High school basketball coach. He has kept his family history away from the lime-lights and so is yet to disclose the information regarding the same. However, it is known that Pete grew up with his younger brother, who is a basketball player.

Talented Pete studied at Forest Lake Area High School at Forest Lake. Later, received his Bachelor’s degree in Arts by attending Princeton University in 2003. To earn his master’s degree in Public Policy, he went to Harvard University in 2013 from the JFK School of Government.

Pete Hegseth Career

Pete started his journey immediately after leaving Princeton, Peter became an equity capital markets analyst and was also commissioned as an infantry officer in the US Army National Guard. During this time, Pete worked in Guantanamo Bay in 2004, where he served as an infantry platoon leader.

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He later volunteered and served as an infantry platoon leader and civil-military operations officer in Baghdad and Samarra respectively. Later on, he went to work as an executive director for Vets for Freedom followed by serving for the conservative think tank Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, after leaving Bagdad.

As a contributor, he joined Fox News in 2014. Later in 2017, he was seen interviewing Donald Trump and was criticized for allowing Trump to make false claims without challenging him. In December 2018, Pete served as a co-host for several-hour New York’s Eve Program with Fox Business Network’s Kennedy. In January 2020, she expressed his story support for President Trump’s decision to kill Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.


As his father was a Basketball coach, he got inspired by him to play basketball. He was very active in sports since he was a toddler. His father used to train him on a daily basis and shared his experiences with him. He was a member of his high school basketball team and led his team to the Minnesota State tournament. Pete set the record for a career three-pointer which was later broken by his younger brother. He went to play for four more years before he left Princeton.


As serving for Fox News, he was involved in the promotion of an upcoming segment about the Stihl Timber-sports Series. At the time of promotion, Pete was supposed to throw a double-bit lumber axe at a wooden target but it missed the target and hit the band member, Jeff across the right elbow. The axe didn’t cause much damage. After that incident, it emerged that the band was unaware of the axe-throwing while they were performing. Jeff denied the offer to pay for the treatment by Fox News but later went on to sue Pete and Fox News for the incident.

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Social Media

Pete has been found active on social media lately. He has been able to generate a huge fan base on his Instagram account @petehegseth with around 319k followers. Where he posts pictures and videos with his family and friends and also posts informative pictures regarding the latest news.

Pete Hegseth Biography

Real Name Peter Brian Hegseth
Birth Date June 6, 1980
Age (as of 2023) 42 Years
Birth Place Forest Lake, Minnesota, United States
Nationality American
Profession TV Host, Author, Army Officer (Retired)
Religion Christianity
Sun sign Gemini

Physical Statistics

Height in feet inches – 6’ 0” – in Centimeters – 183 cm
Weight in Kilograms – 79 kg  –  in Pounds –  174 lbs
Shoe Size 12 (U.S.)
Hair Color Salt-and-Pepper
Eye Color Blue
Body Type Athletic


Father Brian Hegseth
Mother Penelope ‘Penny’ Hegseth
Sister None
Brother Two


School Forest Lake Area High School
College Princeton University

Relationship Status

Marital Status Married
Who is his wife? Jennifer Rauchet
Children Seven (Gunner, Bonne, Gwen, Kenzie, Jackson,  Luke & Rex Brian Hegseth)

Personal Life

Pete married Meredith Schwarz but it didn’t work out so they parted ways in 2009. He got married to his second wife namely Samantha Deering in 2010 and had three children together. Later he had an extramarital relationship in August 2017 with the daughter of a Fox executive producer.

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From this affair, he became a father of a daughter and he divorced Samantha in August 2017. They both decided to tie the knot almost after two years in August 2019 and got married. Jennifer has three young children from her first marriage.

Pete Hegseth Net Worth

Throughout these years of experience and training, Hegseth has gathered a decent amount. His estimated net worth is around $5 million while his annual salary is between $40,000 to $110,500. He amassed his wealth mostly from being in the US Army and his professional media career.


  • Hegseth was a publisher of the conservative publican The Princeton Tory at Princeton.
  • He won the Army Commendation Medal for his service at Guantanamo Bay.
  • His service in Iraq yielded a Combat infantryman Badge and a Bronze Star Medal.
  • He has been honored with numerous awards, decorations, and badges which include National Defence Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Expert Infantryman Badge, and many more.
  • Hegseth wrote the Foreword to the 2017 book The Case Against the Establishment by Nick Adams and Dave Erickson.
  • His own book editions include ‘In the Arena’ and ‘American Crusade’.

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