Several people have gained the limelight through their connections with renowned personalities and Leslie Kotkin can be regarded as one of them. She is known to the world as the 4th wife of the political activist and philosopher, Cornel West.

Leslie Kotkin’s Family

Leslie Kotkin is the 4th wife of Cornel West. There is no information available about her family background, birthplace siblings, etc on the web. She seems to have kept her personal life very well hidden from the common mass. She came to the limelight after her marriage to a famous activist.

Cornel Ronald West was born on June 2, 1953, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and grew up in Sacramento, California, where he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School. His mother, Irene Rayshell (Bias), was a teacher and principal, and his father, Clifton Louis West Jr., was a general contractor for the US Department of Défense. His grandfather, Clifton L. West Sr., was pastor of the Tulsa Metropolitan Baptist Church. Irene B. West Elementary School in Elk Grove, California, is named after his mother. Over the years, Dr. West has been married four times. He was first married in 1977 to Hilda Holloman, which ended in divorce soon after. He has a son with Hilda, named Clifton West, born in 1977. Cornel married Ramona Santiago in 1981. This marriage lasted only five years and the two divorced in 1986.

In 1992, Cornel remarried Elleni Gebre Amlak. It is known that this one too ended in a divorce however, the exact date is not known. It was only after the divorce that Dr. West married again in 2016 to Leslie Kotkin. But unfortunately, this too ended up in divorce and the couple got separated in 2018. Cornel has a daughter named Deilan Zeytun, born in 2000, with Aytul Gurtas, a Jewish dentist, with whom he was in a “love relationship” at the time. Recently in 2021, Cornel married for the fifth time, his long-time girlfriend, an Arab political science professor named Annahita Mahdavi.

Leslie Kotkin’s Net Worth

Leslie Kotkin is a celebrated wife who is known to the wider audience as the wife of Cornel West, who is a well-known philosopher, political activist, social critic, actor, and public intellectual. Among his most influential books are Race Matters, Black Prophetic Fire, and Democracy Matters. Cornell is an outspoken voice in left-wing politics in the United States. During his career, he has held professorships and fellowships at Harvard University, Yale University, Union Theological Seminary, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Pepperdine University, and the University of Paris.

Cornel is also a frequent commentator on politics and social questions in many media outlets. In 2020, he was listed by Prospect magazine as the fourth-greatest thinker of the COVID-19 era. He has been featured in several documentaries and made appearances in Hollywood films such as The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. He has a net worth of $1 million.



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