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.
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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.
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.
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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.
— Hoda Kotb (@hodakotb) May 27, 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.
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.