Hoda Kotb Husband, Divorce, Baby, Ethnicity, Boyfriend

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Hoda Kotb is a TV presenter known for her appearances in shows such as Today, and Dateline planning to get married to boyfriend and fiance Joel Schiffman...was previously married to Burzis Kanga...divorce was finalized in 2008...her ethnicity is Egyptian...was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007 and underwent surgery...earns a salary of around $8 million per year, and has a net worth of around...
Hoda Kotb Husband, Divorce, Baby, Ethnicity, Boyfriend

Quick Information

  • Boyfriend Joel Schiffman (2013-present)
  • Lesbian No
  • Body Measurements 38-30-38 inches
  • Eye Color Dark Brown
  • Hair Color Light Brown
  • Hair Short
  • Feet (Shoe) Size 9.5 (US)
  • Weight 72 kg (158 lbs)
  • Height/ How Tall? 5'9" (1.75 m)
  • College Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • High School Fort Hunt High School
  • Career 1986–present
  • Net Worth $30 Million
  • Salary $8 Million Per Year
  • Dating/Affair Joel Schiffman (2013-present)
  • Ex-Husband Burzis Kanga (m. 2005–2008)
  • Date of Birth Aug 09, 1964
  • Age 57 Years, 1 Months
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
  • Relationship Status Dating
  • Daughter/s Haley Joy Kotb, Hope Catherine Kotb
  • Sister/s Hala Kotb
  • Brother/s Adel Kotb
  • Mother Sameha Kotb
  • Father A.K. Kotb
  • Ethnicity/Race Egyptian
  • Religion Islam
  • Zodiac Sign Leo
  • Nick Name Hoda
  • Profession Broadcaster
  • Birth Place Norman, Oklahoma, United States
  • Nationality American

Hoda Kotb rose to fame from her hosting jobs in two big TV shows: Today and Dateline NBC. She has been the host of Today in 1,330 episodes, from 2007 to 2020, and has hosted Dateline NBC from 1998 to 2020, appearing in 16 episodes.

Other than her jobs as a TV show host, she also has 11 credits as an actress. Hoda appeared in Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (2017), 30 Rock (2010), and Nashville (2017).

She is also a producer. She produced the show, Your Total Health, along with hosting it for 104 episodes from 2004 to 2008.

Hoda Kotb’s Personal LIfe: Boyfriend & Engagement

Hoda is in a relationship with Joel Schiffman. The couple started dating in 2013 after meeting each other for the first time at a Wall Street book signing event in the summer of that same year.


Hoda Kotb with Joel Schiffman in June 2017 (Photo: Hoda Kotb's Instagram)

The couple moved in together in 2016; Hoda revealed the news during her Sirius XM satellite radio show, The Hoda Show, in October 2016.

Joel proposed to her in November of 2019, after six years of being in a relationship. Hoda announced that she was engaged on the 25th of November 2019. And the couple is planning a destination wedding together.

Her Past Relationships: Ex-Husband And Ex-Boyfriend

Hoda was previously married to Burzis Kanga, head coach for men’s and women’s tennis at the University of New Orleans. They first met each other on Valentine’s Day during a fundraiser organized by the American Heart Association in 2005.

A picture of Burzis Kanga (Photo:

The ex-couple dated on and off for a while before Burzis finally proposed to her in May 2005. And on the 3rd of December that same year, the former couple tied the knot in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. 

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But, their marriage lasted only two years, as the couple decided to separate. Coincidentally, their marriage ended on Valentine’s Day in 2007 as Hoda filed for divorce on that day. The separation was legally finalized on the 6th of February 2008. 

After splitting with Burzis, Hoda went out with Jay Blumenkopf. They were seen a few times in the public together, including once at the US Open in 2011. 


Hoda Kotb with ex-boyfriend Jay Blumenkopf in the US Open 2011 (Photo:

However, their relationship soon came to an end, and Hoda moved on from the relationship to be with Joel.

Hoda’s Children

Hoda has two children, and both of them are adopted. She adopted both of them after she moved in with Joel Schiffman.

The couple adopted their first child, daughter Haley Joy, in February of 2017 (born on the 14th of February 2017). And, after two years, in April of 2019, the couple gave Haley a sibling as they adopted their second daughter, Hope Catherine (born in 2019).

Difficulties With Cancer

Hoda was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, at the same time when her divorce with Burzis was going on. Her health problems, too, were one of the reasons for divorcing Burzis. She underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery in March 2007.

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Her battle with cancer was the reason behind her choice to adopt kids as her cancer left her unable to have children. After losing the ability to have children, she turned to adoption to fulfill her dreams of becoming a mother.

Net Worth

Hoda has an estimated net worth of around $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.


She earns a salary of around $8 million per year, as per Celebrity Net Worth.

Bio / Facts About Hoda Kotb: Age, Ethnicity & Education

  • Hoda was born on the 5th of August 1964 in Norman, Oklahoma, the United States.
  • She stands at the height of 5 feet 9 inches (1.75 meters).
  • The TV host graduated from Fort Hunt High School in 1982 and then attended Virginia Tech. She graduated from there with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts in Broadcast Journalism.
  • She is of Egyptian descent. Her parents, Sameha Mahmoud Kotb and Abdel Kader Kotb were born in Egypt.
  • She has two siblings: brother Adel and sister Hala.