• Burzis Kanga is of Egyptian descent and was born around 1963 in New Orleans, USA.
• He was a successful student in his local high school and graduated from an American University with a BA in Business Science.
• He is known for his successful professional tennis career, playing in Europe, the US and Mexico and achieving many victories.
• He married TV personality and news anchor Hoda Kotb in 2005 and divorced in 2008.
• He is currently working as a coach and his net worth is estimated at more than $1 million.

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Short Info

Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthAugust 9, 1964
SpouseBurzis Kanga
FactHas a brother and sister.

Burzis Kanga didn’t attract much social media attention until he married TV personality and news anchor Hoda Kotb. However, right after their divorce in 2008, Burzis fell out of social media radars, since he preferred to get back to his low-key life. Let’s find out what he is up to today, know more about his age, family and net worth.

Early life, family

Burzis Kanga was born around 1963 in New Orleans USA- the precise date of his birth is unknown. His wife Hoda Kotb was born in 1964, so they are probably of the same age. Little is known about his family, his parents’ names are unavailable, however, sources say that he comes from an Egyptian family with ancestry dating back to Tanzania, East Africa, although he was at one point invited to play tennis for India. There is no information about any siblings, Burzis may deliberately hide his personal data, since he never liked being a public person, and hasn’t announced any private details during all these years.

Education, early career

Burzis has adored tennis since he was a child, spending most of his spare time playing the game.  Though he took tennis seriously, he paid a lot of attention to his school lessons, being a successful student in his local high school. From 1980 to 1983 he played in a private tennis team of which he was an essential and very skillful team member, performing with the team during four seasons and winning more than 50 matches with his teammates. By the end of 1984, he graduated from an American University with a BA in Business Science, after which he wanted the opportunity to spend more time playing tennis on a professional level.

Burzis Kanga

Professional tennis and coach career

When Burzis settled his tennis career, he played several successful seasons in Europe, the US and Mexico. His skills were rewarded with some sensational victories, spreading the word about his sports talent. He is also known as the person who brought the University Tennis Center back to its normal life. In 1996, Burzis became a Sports Commissioner of AAU Junior Olympics games, and a couple of years later a board member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, holding this position for several years and putting in a lot of effort, and contributing to the development of tennis and the foundation itself.

Burzis worked as a coach at UNO (University of New Orleans) from 1986 to 1989, then left this job for more than a decade, getting back to his coach duties in 2003. In five years, Burzis was offered to work as a coach of Lakefront, later becoming the head coach there in 2008. Right in the first season of Burzis’ working there, he made a huge success as a senior coach, getting the highest marks, and he also earned the record as the only member of University of New Orleans tennis team who received the legendary All-American honors. Burzis has also passed the procedure of certification, and he is now awarded with the Professional 1 Certificate of the United States Tennis Association.

As for the moment, Burzis is still working as a coach. It’s known that for more than nine years he has been the head coach of the New Orleans Privateers, working with both men and women tennis teams there.

Personal life, wife Hoda Kotb, divorce

It was Hoda Kotb, a television personality, who brought Burzis into limelight. Hoda was born on 9 August 1964 in Norman, Oklahoma USA, also being of part=Egyptian descent. Hoda and Burzis met only in 2004, when they were both invited to attend the event for the American Heart Association, which happened in New Orleans on St. Valentine’s Day. Getting to know each other, Burzis and Hoda started dating, and being charmed with Hoda’s character and talents, Burzis proposed to her in May 2005, and they married in a private ceremony in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic in December 2005, with few guests invited, as both Hoda and Burzis preferred to keep this event as low-key as possible.

Hoda Kotb biography

During those years, Hoda was a senior news anchor and a TV host at NBC, having more than two decades of journalistic experience. An alumni of Virginia Tech, Hoda was also a correspondent for Dateline NBC, and covered the most important domestic and international events, such as the devastating tsunami in South-east Asia in 2004, and Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She also covered some military events, such as the conflicts between the US and Afghanistan and Iraq.

Divorce, further life

In the years of Burzis and Hoda’s marriage, she fought with early stages of breast cancer, and underwent breast surgery. Those were hard times for both Hoda and Burzis, and their marriage didn’t stand those difficulties. Also having his father very ill, Burzis couldn’t help giving up, and so they divorced in 2008.

As for now, Burzis is single, or keeps his private life low-key since nothing is known about his current relationship status; he doesn’t have any kids. Hoda is dating Joel Schiffman, a 61-year-old financier and an entrepreneur, a relationship which began in 2013. Hoda can’t have children since she underwent several courses of cancer treatment, but it didn’t stop her from adopting kids. In 2017 Hoda adopted a girl named Haley Joy, and then another girl named Hope Catherine in April 2019.

Social media presence

Burzis is not at all active on any social media platforms; he hasn’t any profiles or accounts on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. Though his ex-wife is an active social media user, Burzis prefers to keep his life out of wider society, just as he did before he met Hoda.


As for Burzis’ appearance, he has hazel eyes and grey hair. He is 5ft 10ins (1.78m) tall, and being an active sportsman, Burzis keeps fit, and his weight is said to be around 170lbs (78kgs). As for his clothing style, he prefers wearing casual and sports clothes, which suit his fit figure and make him feel comfortable both at home and at work.

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Net worth

Burzis’ current net worth is estimated by authoritative sources at more than $1 million, and according to other data of those sources, Burzis may earn over $100,000 per year in his coaching and other positions. He is still working at New Orleans Privateers, so his net worth is only going to grow in future.

General Info

Full NameHoda Kotb
Net Worth$4 million
Date Of BirthAugust 9, 1964
Height1.75 m
ProfessionJournalist, Talk show host
EducationVirginia Tech, Fort Hunt High School


SpouseBurzis Kanga
ParentsA.K. Kotb, Sameha Kotb


AwardsDaytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Morning Program, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine
NominationsNews & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding New Approaches – Daytime Entertainment, News & Documentary Emmy Award for Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News Magazine, News & Documentary Emm...
TV ShowsToday, Kathie Lee & Hoda, Dateline NBC

Social profile links


1Breast cancer survivor.
2Has a brother and sister.
3Graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in broadcast journalism (1986).
4Graduated from Fort Hunt High School (1982).
5Is of Egyptian descent.
6Named co-anchor of the fourth hour of Today (1952) in August 2007.




Nashville2017TV SeriesHoda Kotb
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce2014-2017TV SeriesHoda Kotb
Younger2016TV SeriesHoda Kotb
Donny!2015TV SeriesHoda Kotb
Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!2015TV MovieHoda Kotb
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2014TV SeriesHoda Kotb
30 Rock2010TV SeriesHoda Kotb
Lipstick Jungle2009TV SeriesHoda Kotb


Martina McBride: The Road to Eleven2011TV Movie documentary special thanks


Today2007-2017TV SeriesHerself - 4th Hour Co-Anchor / Herself - Co-Host / Herself - Substitute Co-Anchor / ...
Entertainment Tonight2008-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Anchor, Today / Herself - Co-Hostess, Today / ...
Extra2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
Christmas in Rockefeller Center2016TV MovieHerself - Host
Late Night with Seth Meyers2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Dr. Oz Show2015-2016TV SeriesHerself
The Meredith Vieira Show2015-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Today Show
Steve Harvey2013-2016TV SeriesHerself
Watch What Happens: Live2010-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
The Wendy Williams Show2012-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Author, Where We Belong / Herself - Guest
Access Hollywood2016TV SeriesHerself
Brothers Take on New Orleans2016TV SeriesHerself - Host
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things2015DocumentaryHerself
73 Questions2015TV Series documentary shortHerself
Lip Sync Battle2015TV SeriesHerself - Competitor
Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs2015TV SpecialHerself
The Insider2012-2015TV SeriesHerself
A Toast to 2014!2014TV MovieHerself - Host
Inside Edition2014TV Series documentaryHerself
The JBL Show2014TV SeriesHerself
WWE Raw2014TV SeriesHerself
Fashion Rocks2014TV SpecialHerself
Dateline NBC2002-2014TV Series documentaryHerself - Correspondent / Herself / Herself - Host / ...
Dateline on ID2011-2014TV SeriesHerself - Correspondent
The View2014TV SeriesHerself
Bethenny2013-2014TV SeriesHerself
Kitten Bowl2014TV MovieHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2011-2013TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Hollywood Game Night2013TV SeriesHerself - Panelist
Late Show with David Letterman2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire2013TV SeriesHerself - Celebrity Contestant
Chasing the Saturdays2013TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2013TV SeriesHerself
Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Huckabee2013TV SeriesHerself
Piers Morgan Tonight2013TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2011-2012TV SeriesHerself
Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs2012TV SpecialHerself
2012 CMT Music Awards2012TV SpecialHerself
Weekend Today2012TV SeriesSubstitute Co-Anchor
The Soup2012TV SeriesHerself
The Apprentice2009-2012TV SeriesHerself - Party Guest / Herself
7 Minutes in Heaven2011TV SeriesHerself - Guest
CMT: 40 Greatest Love Songs2011TV MovieHerself
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2011TV SeriesHerself
The Nate Berkus Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Joy Behar Show2010TV SeriesHerself
VH1 Divas Live 20092009TV MovieHerself
The Baby Borrowers2008TV SeriesHerself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt2007TV SeriesHerself
Deadline Discovery2001TV Series documentaryHerself - Host

Archive Footage

Extra2014-2017TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, Today Show
The Insider2014-2016TV SeriesHerself
Inside Edition2014-2016TV Series documentaryHerself / Herself - Co-Hostess, Today / Herself - Co-Hostess, Today Show
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHerself - Interviewing The Lonely Island
Entertainment Tonight2014-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Today Show / Herself - Co-Hostess, Today Show
Bill Cosby: A Voice of Reason2015DocumentaryHerself
Media Buzz2014TV SeriesHerself - Co-Hostess, Today
Chelsea Lately2014TV SeriesHerself
A Football Life2014TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2010EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News MagazineDateline NBC (1992)

Nominated Awards

2013EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News MagazineDateline NBC (1992)
2013EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Feature Story in a News MagazineDateline NBC (1992)
2012Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsNew Approaches - Daytime EntertainmentToday (1952)
2009EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News Magazine
2006EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a News MagazineDateline NBC (1992)
2006EmmyNews & Documentary Emmy AwardsOutstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a News MagazineDateline NBC (1992)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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