Hoda Kotb

Inside Biography

Emmy Award-winning journalist, television personality, actress, and TV host, Hoda Kotb is a longtime news contributor and personality for NBC. She was named co-host of the opening hours of the network's flagship morning program, Today in January 2018. Besides, Kotb is also a writer, who wrote the autobiography Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee in 2010. As of 2019, the popular media personality is dating financier Joel Schiffman for a long time.

Early Life And Education Of Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb was born on August 4, 1964, in  Norman, Oklahoma, the United States under the birth sign Leo. She was born to Egyptian parents- Sameha Kotb and A. K. Kotb and she lived in Egypt. 

Her name Hoda means ‘guidance’ in Arabic and her last name ‘Kotb’ means pole. At the beginning of her career, she spelled her last name as ‘Kotbe’. Kotb did this to avoid difficulty in pronunciation, after a period she started writing her name in its original form- Kotb.

Kotb went to Virginia Tech in the year 1986 for her Bachelor's degree. She graduated from Virginia Tech in broadcast journalism. At Virginia Tech, she was a member of Delta Delta Delta Sorority. During his graduation from Virginia Tech in 2008, she was the keynote speaker.

Hoda Kotb's Career   

The famous TV host who appears on the fourth hour of Today has also been a correspondent of NBC’s Dateline. She has also made appearances in many other shows.

In 1986 she was the news a s sistant in Cairo, Egypt of CBS News. She worked as a morning anchor and as an a s signment reporter for WQAD-TV from 1986 to 1989. After which she was the weekend anchor and reporter at WWL-TV for two years. From 2004-2007, she was the host of the series, Your Total Health.

Kotb has also appeared as herself in a number of television shows, including 30 Rock, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce.

Kotb has won Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program in 2010 and also won the News & Doc u mentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine.

Hoda Kotb's Net Worth, Salary, And Source Of Income Income 

As of 2019, Hoda Kotb is considered one of the prominent figures in the field of media and has also collected a large amount of money from her accomplished journalism career. 

What Is Hoda Kotb's Net Worth In 2019 And Details About Her Source Of Income?

It was announced on Jan 2, 2018, that Hoda became the permanent host on Today and her new salary is a s sumed to be in the $8-10 million range. She has an estimated net worth of  $30 million, according to celebrity net worth.  And her annual salary is $8 million, according to the same source. 

Kotb along with Shelley Adelson donated $1,000, daughter of casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, tossed in $10,000. The data concerning her Insurance is hidden on any social sites.

Hoda Kotb's Personal Life And Relationship

Hoda Kotb was once married to Burzis Kanga. Her ex-husband Burzis Kanga is a former U.N.O tennis coach. They first met on February 14th or in lovers' term, Valentine's Day. The couple tied the knots in 2005, in a private wedding ceremony. 

Kotb and her ex-husband Burzis got divorced after two years of their marriage. After their separation,  Burzis explained the reason behind the separation:

''We had some differences. My father was ill. She was ill. It was a difficult time. Those were personal reasons for both of us.he divorce happened under difficult conditions. Those were personal reasons for both of us. In hindsight, there was level of immaturity on my part, mistakes I made. It was unfortunate we were married for a short time. It’s a shame it transpired that way.''

Interestingly, the couple signed their divorce on the same occasion (Valentine's Day) when they encountered each other for the first time.

In 2005, Hoda went through major reconstructive surgery for breast cancer. Kotb has been advocating for breast cancer awareness, her cancer battle has been covered on the Today Show. The story of her successful cancer battle has been doc u mented in the same show.

Who Is Hoda Kotb Dating In 2019?

Currently, Kotb was in a relationship with Jay Blumenkopf, a lawyer They are often seen together, from Star Wars show to Rangers’ match. The two could not last long and called it quits after a few months of dating when Jay stated that he had no intention of getting married.

On 21st February 2017, Kotb also adopted a baby girl, Haley Joy Kotb. She announced her adaptation on the Today Show.  Her co-host Kathie Lee Gifford also met her daughter in March 2017. Kathie Lee Gifford is a Daytime Award-winning who currently works as a co-anchors for the Today show. She also took two months of maternity leave and spent beautiful nine weeks with her newly adopted child Joy.

Kotb later started dating Joel Schiffman,  is an American financier, and currently, works for an investment firm in New York. It has been reported that the two are still dating and sharing a strong bond of love. The two met for the first time in the summer of 2013 when she was speaking at an event for Wall Street professionals. 

Kotb has successfully completed four years with Joel and celebrated her 5th anniversary together in 2018.


She is the writer of two books. Her books are Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives. Her first book was New York Times Bestselling Book. Her first book was released in October 2010 and her second book was released on January 15, 2013. She is the winner of the Daytime Emmy award of 2010. 

Hoda Kotb's Body Measurement

  • Hoda Kotb's height: she stands at the height of 5ft 9 inches (1.75m).
  • Weight: 72 kg
  • Waist Size: 30 inch
  • Bra Size: 36 inch
  • Hip Size: 38 inch
  • Body Measurement: 38-30-38 inch
  • Age: August 9, 1964 (age 54)

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