Barbara Ann Corcoran (born March 10, 1949 in Edgewater, New
Jersey) is an American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant,
syndicated columnist, author, and television personality. As a
television personality, she is a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank.
2 Business career
Real estate commentator
2.2 Shark Tank
3 Personal life
4 Selected works
6 Further reading
7 External links
She graduated from
St. Thomas Aquinas College
St. Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in
education in 1971. After graduation, she taught school for a
year, but soon moved on working various jobs including a side job
renting apartments in New York City. She wanted to be her own boss,
and in 1973 co-founded a real estate business called The Corcoran
Group with her boyfriend, who fronted a $1,000 loan (approximately
$5,420, inflation-adjusted, 2016). In the mid-1970s she
also began publishing The Corcoran Report on real estate data trends
in New York City.
In 2001, Corcoran sold her business to
NRT Incorporated for $66
million. She is also a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank,
and is invested in more than twenty businesses to date.
In September 2017 Corcoran was announced as a contestant for season 25
of Dancing with the Stars, where she was partnered with Keo
Motsepe. She is the third
Shark Tank "shark"—after Mark Cuban
and Robert Herjavec—to take part. Corcoran and Motsepe were the
first couple eliminated on September 25, 2017.
Real estate commentator
Barbara is a columnist for More Magazine, The Daily Review, and
Redbook, has written several books, and has been featured in various
shows such as Larry King Live. She has been a guest business
speaker at various real estate events and is a business consultant via
her consulting and television production business, Barbara Corcoran
Inc. She is also the real estate contributor to NBC's Today show,
hosts The Millionaire Broker with
Barbara Corcoran on CNBC, and writes
a weekly column in the New York Daily News.
Corcoran has been an investor on ABC's three-time Emmy award winning
Shark Tank for nine seasons. She has made a total of 52 deals
(including tandem ventures) on the show, the largest being with the
company Coverplay for $350,000. Her average investment size is
$103,113 and the median amount of her investments are $75,000. On
air, Corcoran has invested over $5.4 million.
Corcoran resides in Manhattan with her second husband, Bill Higgins, a
retired Navy captain from the Persian Gulf War and former
F.B.I. agent; they married in 1988. Her younger sister donated
her egg, and through in-vitro fertilization, Barbara gave birth to
a son, Tom in 1994. The couple later adopted daughter Kate.
On the April 18, 2014 episode of Shark Tank, Corcoran said one of her
children is a seven-year-old adopted daughter, and has also said her
first is a son in his 20s, Tom Corcoran. In season 5 episode 26 of
Shark Tank, which aired April 25, 2014, Corcoran shares that her son
attended an Ivy League school. On season 8, Barbara said her daughter
Katie has learning disabilities.
If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons On Your Pigtails: and Other
Lessons I Learned From My Mom; (aka "Use What You've Got"), New
York : Penguin, 2003. ISBN 1-59184-002-3 (co-authored with
Nextville: Amazing Places to Live Your Life, Springboard Press, 2008.
Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business,
SPortfolio Trade, 2011. ISBN 1-59184-418-5 (co-authored with
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^ a b Green, Penelope. "The Real Estate 'Queen' in Her Hive", The New
York Times, September 25, 2005. Accessed March 17, 2011. "'I never saw
myself as a protected person,' said Ms. Corcoran, adding that she grew
up in a two-room apartment in Edgewater, N.J., the second of 10
^ Whitford, David, "Stepping Into a New Role", Fortune, February 28,
^ a b Neuman, William, "BIG DEAL: A Gun, a Gallop and a Goodbye", The
New York Times, Sunday, October 30, 2005
St. Thomas Aquinas College
St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame Archived May 27,
2010, at the Wayback Machine.
^ a b c Livingston, R.T., "The Corcoran Group: A Marketing Maven
Forges into the Future", The Cooperator, December/January 2000.
^ "US Inflation Calculator". US Inflation Calculator. Retrieved
September 7, 2016.
^ Corcoran, Barbara (2011). Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a
Billion Dollar Business. Portfolio Trade. p. 320.
^ "Barbara Corcoran: Rejection Breeds Success". The Wall Street
Journal. June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
^ "About Barbara". BarbaraCorcoran.com. Retrieved October 26,
^ News, A. B. C. (2017-09-06). "Meet the 'DWTS' season 25 celebrity
cast: Frankie Muniz,
Barbara Corcoran and more". ABC News. Retrieved
^ Jr, +Gresham Harkless. "Meet the Sharks: Barbara Cororan -
^ a b c "Barbara Corcoran's
Shark Tank track record". Sharkalytics.
^ http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/features/n_9495/index1.html NEW YORK
^ "Bill Higgins:
Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran's Husband (Bio, Wiki)".
January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
^ "THE MOST HENPECKED MAN IN MANHATTAN". May 12, 1999. Retrieved
January 24, 2018.
^ Barbuti, Angela (April 18, 2014). "
Barbara Corcoran of 'Shark Tank':
5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
^ Corcoran, Barbara (April 26, 2014). "Best part of my weekend is
having breakfast at the shop around the corner with my
Kate.pic.twitter.com/OYmOzjptOV". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
MacDonald, Jay, "Fame & Fortune: Barbara Corcoran: 'Jersey girl'
trumped Trump with street smarts", Bankrate.com
Morgenstern, Julie, " Barbara Corcoran's Second Act", O: The Oprah
Magazine, March 2005
Rosen, Alison, "Home Viewing: former Megabroker Barbara Corcoran
closes the deal on a TV career", Time Out New York, April 27 – May
Barbara Corcoran's website
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Lori Greiner (season 4–present)
Kevin Harrington (season 1–2)
Mark Cuban (season 2)
Jeff Foxworthy (season 2)
Lori Greiner (season 3)
Steve Tisch (season 5)
John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria (season 5)
Nick Woodman (season 6)
Ashton Kutcher (season 7)
Troy Carter (season 7)
Chris Sacca (season 7–9)
Sara Blakely (season 9)
Alex Rodriguez (season 9)
Richard Branson (season 9)
Rohan Oza (season 9)
Bethenny Frankel (season 9)
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