Who is Joel Schiffman?
Joel Schiffman was born in New York City, USA, on 21 March 1958, so under the zodiac sign of Aries and holding American nationality. He is a wealthy financier and entrepreneur who continues to live and work in New York City, and is the partner of noted TV host Hoda Kotb.
Early life and education
It appears that Joel doesn’t like to talk about his early life as there is nothing known about his parents, siblings or his childhood. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles and graduated in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He continued his education at the University of Pennsylvania, with a certification in Investment Management Analysis. He was also interested in sports during the time he spent at college, and was a part of the UCLA Rugby Team, as well as being in the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Joel began his work in finance in 1987, and has since worked for several companies, including Kidder Peabody, Trail Ridge, Reed, Connor & Birdwell and Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC. He was first noticed when he joined Kidder Peabody in LA as their Senior Vice President in 1987, his first job in the financial sector and he spent seven years with the company, managing to change the retail investment brokerage business to an institutional consulting practice. He moved to work for Smith Barney Company based in Denver, Colorado and stayed with them for nine years until 2003, when he started working for Trail Ridge Capital, also based in Denver. In 2005, Joel decided that he had enough of Denver and moved back to LA to work for Reed, Connor & Birdwell as their Senior Vice President for Business Development and Client Services, and then in 2007 moved to New Jersey to work for Lord, Abbett &Co. LLC.
He is currently working as the Director and Vice President of Janus Financial Group, which he started in 2015 – he also works as the Senior Relationship Manager of the Columbia Management’s National Accounts, based in New York City.
Joel had a wife before he started dating Hoda Kotb but her name is not known to the public – they have a daughter together named Kyle Schiffman but Joel doesn’t talk about his ex-wife or his daughter. He met Hoda in 2013 at one of the speaking events hosted by the Wall Street Professionals – even though she admitted that she didn’t want to go to the event in the first place, she stated how that was the best decision she had ever made, because she met Joel there. The two started sending e-mails to each other, and soon afterwards began dating. They didn’t go public immediately, and held their relationship a secret, however, on 20 January 2015 “The Daily Mail” gave them away in an article they published. The couple didn’t mind and admitted that they were dating, and moved to live together in the second half of 2016. Next year in February, the couple announced that they were about to adopt a daughter named Haley Joy Kotb who took Hoda’s last name rather than Joel’s in order to avoid complications with the paperwork (because of Joel’s previous marriage), although Hoda had been married to famous tennis coach Burzis Kanga who from 2005 to 2007 – this is apparently why Hoda and Joel don’t want to marry and are simply enjoying their life together.
Who is Hoda Kotb?
Hoda was born in Oklahoma USA on 9 August 1964, which makes her six years younger than Joel – both of her parents are from Egypt, where they lived for a year before moving to Nigeria, and later on to the US. Hoda has a brother named Adel and a sister named Hala – their father died in 1986 while their mother is currently working at the Library of Congress. Hoda is famous for her job of an anchor, and is also a broadcast journalist and an author.
Her most important work was when she was a part of the “Today Show” for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 2010. She is also an author – she published her first book in 2010 entitled “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee”, her second book in 2013 called “Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives”, her third book “Where They Belong: The Best Decisions People Almost Never Made” in 2016, and her latest book “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” in 2018.
In 2007, Hoda found out that she had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy and reconstructive surgery, after which she was declared cancer-free – due to this experience, Hoda is now an advocate for breast cancer awareness, and her fight against it was documented on the “Today Show”.
Appearance and net worth
Joel is currently 61 years old, has short grey hair, brown eyes, is 5ft 8ins (1.75m) tall and weighs around 159lbs (72kg) – regardless of his age, Joel is quite in shape, as he is always physically active.
Authoritative sources indicate that Joel’s net worth is estimated at more than $5 million, while Hoda’s net worth is estimated to be around $20 million – it is said that she makes around $5 million per year.
Social media presence
It is not strange that Joel has no social media accounts, as he is a very busy man who is a part of a very serious business. Unlike him, Hoda is very active on social media platforms – she launched her Twitter account in March 2009 and has amassed 1.25 million followers and tweeted more than 18,000 times. She has an Instagram account as well, with 1.1 million followers and nearly 4,000 posts.