Who is Joel Schiffman?

Joel Schiffman was born on 21 March 1958, in the United States of America, and is a finance executive, but known to the general public for being the boyfriend of broadcast journalist Hoda Kotb. His girlfriend is the co-anchor of the morning news program “Today” which airs on NBC; they’ve been together for over six years.

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The Riches of Joel Schiffman

Joel Schiffman’s net worth is close to $20 million, accumulated during his career in the finance industry. If necessary, he also probably benefits from the wealth of his long term partner, as Kotb has a net worth estimated to be over $12 million thanks to her long tenure on national television.

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Educational Achievements

Joel discovered an interest in finance as he was growing up, and after matriculating from high school, he enrolled at the University of California to study for a degree in Economics. Created in 1868, it has 10 campuses across California, and a combined student body of over 250,000 students annually. It is one of the most advanced institutions of higher learning in the world, with distinguished faculty in almost every one of its programs.

After graduating, Joel continued his studies at the University of Pennsylvania, in the Wharton Business School. It is an Ivy League school established in 1881 and one of the oldest business colleges in the world, noted for creating the highest number of US-based billionaires. Its MBA program is top ranked, and it’s ranked as the number one university in the country according to US News & World Report. Some of their notable graduates include Elon Musk, Warren Buffett, Donald Trump and Jeremy Rifkin.

Joel Schiffman and Hoda Kotb

Career in Finance

Following the completion of his MBA, in 1987 he began working in the financial management company Columbia Threadneedle Investments, and worked his way up to become a Senior Relationship Manager in the company. The company was bought by Ameriprise Financial, leading to a merger of several of its subsidiaries, creating Columbia Management. Before its acquisition, it was the seventh largest US-based long term asset management company, with over $355 billion in managed assets

Joel then moved to Janus Capital Group, becoming a Vice President and Director of Finance for the company. The investment firm was based in Colorado, and employed different asset management principals. It was founded in 2003, and had offices around the world prior to merging with the Henderson Group to create Janus Henderson Investors in 2017. While he worked with the company, he also had positions with other firms, including Lord, Abbett & Co., and Trail Ridge.

Long Term Partner Hoda Kotb

Hoda is of Egyptian ancestry, with her parents moving to the US to find better opportunities. She lived in New Orleans for a good portion of her youth, and the practiced Muslim traditions. She attended Fort Hunt High School, and after matriculating enrolled at Virginia Tech from where she graduated with a broadcast journalism degree. She then worked for several local television companies before joining NBC, becoming a fourth hour host of “Today”. She later became the main anchor of the program, while still retaining her fourth hour position which focuses on entertainment.

The show is the first of its kind in the world, and is listed as the fifth longest television series in US TV history.

For most of its run, the program was unchallenged in the ratings until “Good Morning America” came along. Since then, the two programs have been battling it out for the top slot in the ratings. Hoda won a Daytime Emmy Award thanks to her work on the show.

She’s also written four books, the first an autobiography entitled “Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee”, which became a New York Times Best Seller. She followed it up with her second release in 2013, entitled “Ten Years Later: Six People Who Faced Adversity and Transformed Their Lives”. In 2016 she released “Where They Belong: The Best Decisions People Never Made”, and her latest is entitled “I’ve Loved You Since Forever” in 2018 – a song adaptation of the book was later made by singer Kelly Clarkson.

Personal Life

Joel met Hoda in 2013 and they began dating, but kept their relationship away from the public for around two years before making an announcement. She was previously married to tennis coach Burzis Kanga, in a marriage which ended in divorce after three years. Joel has two adopted children with Hoda.

She is known for being an advocate of breast cancer awareness, as she was a victim of the disease. She had to undergo a mastectomy to treat the cancer, and later had reconstructive surgery. She has been declared cancer free – the “Today” camera crew documented most of her journey.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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