I know it's Monday morning (ugh), but it's time to start popping bottles, y'all — some major congratulations are in order!
Famous TODAY news anchor, Hoda Kotb finally made things ~official~ with her longtime boo, Joel Schiffman, who got down on one knee amidst a romantic beach getaway in Mexico, according to Oprah Magazine.
And if you aren't too familiar with Hoda's man, you probably have a few burning questions regarding the mysterious Joel Schiffman.
Who is he, and what is his net worth? What does he do for a living? If you, too, feel totally in the dark right now, here's absolutely everything you need to know about Hoda's new fiancé.
What does Joel do for a living?
While Hoda slays the game as a full time broadcast journalist on the TODAY Show, her soon-to-be hubby spends his time working as a financier.
After achieving a Bachelor's in Economics from UCLA and becoming a Certified Investment Management Analyst at UPenn's Wharton Business School, according to his LinkedIn profile, Joel pursued finance.
After holding various titles in financial consulting, he eventually snagged his current title as "Head of US Defined Contribution and Insurance Sales" at Schroder Investment Management, a financial planning firm in Midtown Manhattan.
Despite the fact that Hoda works in front of the camera on a daily basis, it's safe to say Joel is hustling too... simply in a less high-profile setting.
What is Joel Schiffman's net worth?
While Hoda's life is basically an open book on The TODAY Show, Joel's off-the-camera lifestyle is kept a little more private. Although an exact number is not definitively listed online, Affair Post speculates his net worth is upwards of $15 million, while Comparilist believes it could be as high as $19 million.
Because of Joel's senior job title at Schroeder, as well as his former positions at other major investment companies, it basically goes without saying that his sky high net worth totally makes sense. Clearly, he's doing well for himself, and with Hoda's $12 million per year salary, they are nothing short of a power couple.
How did he propose?
After seven years of dating, living together, and co-parenting two adopted children, Joel made his move during a romantic getaway to Mexico. He and Hoda were reportedly enjoying dinner on the beach, and mid-meal, he surprised Hoda by popping the question. According to Oprah Magazine, Joel kicked it off with some romantic words, following it up with the question: "would you be my wife?"
Kotb revealed that she was not expecting the proposal, by any means. In fact, during the TODAY Show on Nov. 25, she told her co-anchors that Joel managed to hide the impending question quite well.
"I was totally shocked...he had a good poker face," she told viewers. "My heart has literally been pounding."
While there are a lot of fish in the sea, it seems as though Hoda picked a good one. With a steady job, money in the bank, and clearly a romantic side, Joel seems worthy of the lovely Hoda Kotb.
Congratulations to the happy couple, again! I'm eagerly awaiting that wedding invite.
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