Christiana Barkley is an American sales assistant and journalist, but who is perhaps better known for being the only child of the retired professional basketball player and TNT TV analyst, Charles Wade Barkley, a.k.a. Sir Charles.
Age, Early Life, and Education Background
Christiana is of American nationality, born in New York City in December 1989 – her exact date of birth is unknown – which makes her 33 years old as of 2022. She’s the daughter of the aforementioned retired NBA star and his wife, the social worker, actress and model, Maureen Blumhardt, who is credited for her previous appearance in the Noblerex K-1 vibration machine advertisement. Christiana’s mother helps women find jobs and educate themselves through the Fresh Start Women’s Foundation. Christiana follows the Christianity religion.
Christiana attended a local high school, and matriculated to Villanova University, a Catholic institution based in Radnor, Philadelphia, and graduated in 2011. She enrolled for postgraduate studies at Columbia University’s Journalism School in New York City, and obtained an MSc in journalism in 2017.
Facts and Interests
Christiana would accompany her parents to various fund-raising events, which sparked her interest in social activities and charities at a young age. She was seen together with her mother at the 20th Fresh Start Fashion Gala, organized to raise funds to help underprivileged children and women – they raised over $1.5 million.
She’s a big lover of animals, and volunteers at several animal shelters in Los Angeles.
Christiana is physically very active, and hits the gym from time to time in addition to doing yoga. She enjoyed playing soccer and basketball during her high school days, because she wanted to follow in her dad’s footsteps, but quit playing following her matriculation.
In her spare time, she likes watching films and TV series – her favorites are “That ‘70s Show,” “Bad Boys,” and “The Pirates of the Caribbean” film series.
She is also fond of traveling, and has toured many US states.
Christiana is a very sociable and outgoing person, who enjoys spending time with her friends – she describes herself as a ‘very fun person unless I’m tired’ on her Instagram account.
Shortly after her graduation, Barkley secured a Sales Assistant job at Turner Sports media company, and worked there for around three years. She’s now reportedly pursuing a career in journalism. Christiana is fond of posting her photos and updating her fans about her recent career endeavors on her private Instagram account (@christiana0515), which has around 3,000 followers.
Christiana is a married woman. She reportedly met her future husband, Ilya Hoffman, who is the founder of the New York-based marketing technology company, DemandByte, at a bar in 2017 while they were watching a basketball game. The duo eventually exchanged vows in a ceremony attended by around 120 people on 20 March 2021. The wedding took place in Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows, Arizona, where her parents live. Hoffman is Jewish and their wedding was officiated by Rabbi John Linder, who leads Scottsdale’s Reform congregation, Temple Solel; the ceremony was also covered by the prestigious New York Times. The couple prefers to keep their private matters away from the public’s eye.
Her husband, Hoffman, is the Senior Account Manager and Director of Writing at the college consulting firm, the Koppelman Group. He hails from Moscow, Russia – his parents, Alex and Katia emigrated to the US shortly after he was born, and he was raised alongside his brother, Ash, in Queens, New York City.
Fabulous story in today’s NY Times about Charles Barkley’s daughter’s wedding. Funny and very sweet. Can’t find a link, if anyone does please attach. Congratulations to the families, it’s a beautiful story. pic.twitter.com/1FkvcaxSjo
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) March 21, 2021
Rumors and Controversy
Christiana sparked controversy when her alleged explicit photos went viral on the Twitter profile, ‘Ari.’ However, it was later confirmed that the photos weren’t hers, but belonged to a woman named Villanova, who looked exactly like her. Eventually, the rumor died down and she hasn’t been involved in any other scandal since.
Height, Weight, and Physical Appearance
Barkley was born to multi-racial parents and is of Afro-American ethnicity. She has black hair and a pair of black eyes. She weighs approximately 145lbs (66kgs) and is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) tall.
Christiana has remained tight-lipped when it comes to her economic life. She’s accumulated some of her wealth as a journalist and through her brief sales career, but is seemingly living a lavish lifestyle, thanks to her father’s wealth. She is reportedly worth around $1 million. Her dad is worth over $60 million, and has accumulated this wealth from his former National Basketball Association (NBA) career, and his subsequent current career as a sports analyst.
Who Is Christiana’s Father, Charles Barkley?
Charles Barkley hails from Leeds, Alabama, and was born on 20 February 1963, which makes him 59 years old as of 2022; his mother is Charley Glenn while his father is Frank Barkley. From their union, Charles has a brother named Daryll Barkley. He had a rough childhood because his father abandoned his family after divorcing his mother when Charles was young – his mother later remarried and bore a son named John Glenn. Charles is of European, American and African roots. He attended Leeds High, and later joined Auburn University, where he studied Business Management.
Barkley began his professional basketball career in 1984, after he joined the Philadelphia 76ers, and played there for several years before leaving them for the Phoenix Suns in 1992. The following year saw him crowned the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in NBA, then he elected to join the Houston Rockets in 1996, eventually retiring from the NBA in 2000.
He now works on the TV program “Inside the NBA.”, and has endorsed several brands, such as T-Mobile and McDonald’s.
When in college, Charles won several awards such as Southeastern Conference Player of the Year. He’s also received several Sports Emmy Awards in the category of Outstanding Studio Analyst. His memoir, “I May Be Wrong but I Doubt It,” was written by Michael Wilbon, and published in 2001. He is also an actor, having appeared in the film “Space Jam” in 1996, and the series’ “Suits” and “Modern Family” in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Charles is active on Twitter, with over 110,000 followers, and is also available on Facebook having around 30,000 fans.
He stands at an impressive height of 6ft 6ins (1.98m) and weighs approximately 250lbs (113kgs). He has a set of black eyes, and black hair.