Barbara Corcoran

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Barbara Corcoran
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Corcoran at a LinkedIn event
Barbara Ann Corcoran

(1949-03-10) March 10, 1949 (age 69)
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materSt. Thomas Aquinas College (B.Ed.)
OccupationFounder of The Corcoran Group, Barbara Corcoran Inc. and Forefront Venture Partners
Net worthIncrease US$80 Million[1]
Bill Higgins
(m. 1988)

Barbara Ann Corcoran (born March 10, 1949[3][4][5] in Edgewater, New Jersey) is an American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author, and television personality. She began her career in the 1970s with real estate, then became a television personality as a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank.


Raised in Edgewater, New Jersey, Corcoran attended a local Catholic elementary school. She attended St. Cecilia High School in Englewood for her freshman year before flunking out of several courses and transferring to Leonia High School, where she tried out to be a cheerleader.[6]

She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in education in 1971.[7][8] 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-Simonè with her boyfriend, who contributed a $1,000 loan (approximately $5,685.56, inflation-adjusted, 2018).[5][8][9][10] When she split from her boyfriend seven years later, she formed her own firm, The Corcoran Group.[11] In the mid-1970s she also began publishing The Corcoran Report covering real estate data trends in New York City.[8]

In 2001, Corcoran sold her business to NRT Incorporated for $66 million.[3][12] She is also a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank, and is invested in more than twenty businesses to date.[13]

In September 2017 Corcoran was announced as a contestant for season 25 of Dancing with the Stars, where she was partnered with Keo Motsepe.[14] 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.

Business career[edit]

Real estate commentator[edit]

Barbara is a columnist for More Magazine, The Daily Review, and Redbook. She has written several books, and has been featured in various shows such as Larry King Live.[15] 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.

Shark Tank[edit]

Corcoran has been an investor on ABC's three-time Emmy award winning show Shark Tank for nine seasons. She has made 59 deals (including tandem ventures) on the show, the largest being with the company Coverplay for $350,000.[16] Her average investment size is $103,113 and the median amount of her investments are $75,000.[16] On air, Corcoran has pledged more than $5.4 million in investments.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Corcoran lives in Manhattan with her husband, Bill Higgins (both a retired Navy captain who participated in the Persian Gulf War[17][18] and a former F.B.I. agent); they married in 1988.[19] Barbara gave birth to their son Tom in 1994, via in-vitro fertilization — with an egg donated by her sister.[20] The couple later adopted daughter Kate.[2][21]

Selected works[edit]

  • 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 Bruce Littlefield)
  • Nextville: Amazing Places to Live Your Life, Springboard Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-446-17827-3
  • Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business, SPortfolio Trade, 2011. ISBN 1-59184-418-5 (co-authored with Bruce Littlefield)
  • Who Am I Anyway?


  1. ^ Barbara Corcoran Net Worth: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know 14 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Barbuti, Angela (April 18, 2014). "Barbara Corcoran of 'Shark Tank': 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know". Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  3. ^ 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 children."
  4. ^ Whitford, David, "Stepping Into a New Role", Fortune, February 28, 2006
  5. ^ a b Neuman, William. "Big Deal: A Gun, a Gallop and a Goodbye", The New York Times, October 30, 2005. Accessed September 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Corcoran, Barbara; and Littlefield, Bruce. Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 Into a Billion Dollar Business, p. 64. Penguin Books, 2011. ISBN 1-59184-418-5. Accessed September 2, 2018. "I was well on my road to popularity at St. Cecilia's when I flunked out of algebra, history, and Latin, and just as Dad had warned, I soon was taking the bus up the hill for my sophomore year at the public high school in Leonia.... I looked up at the notice posted on the big bulletin board outside the Leonia High School gym:"
  7. ^ St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ a b c Livingston, R.T., "The Corcoran Group: A Marketing Maven Forges into the Future", The Cooperator, December/January 2000.
  9. ^ "US Inflation Calculator". US Inflation Calculator. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  10. ^ Corcoran, Barbara (2011). Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business. Portfolio Trade. p. 320. ISBN 1-59184-418-5.
  11. ^ "How to Get a Shark to Invest by Barbara Corcoran". Retrieved June 20, 2018.
  12. ^ "Barbara Corcoran: Rejection Breeds Success". The Wall Street Journal. June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011.
  13. ^ "About Barbara". Retrieved October 26, 2013.
  14. ^ News, A. B. C. (2017-09-06). "Meet the 'DWTS' season 25 celebrity cast: Frankie Muniz, Barbara Corcoran and more". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  15. ^ Harkless, Gresham. "Meet the Sharks: Barbara Cororan - Hearpreneur".
  16. ^ a b c "Barbara Corcoran's Shark Tank track record". Sharkalytics. Retrieved 2017-11-15.
  18. ^ "Bill Higgins: Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran's Husband (Bio, Wiki)". January 9, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
  19. ^ "THE MOST HENPECKED MAN IN MANHATTAN". May 12, 1999. Retrieved January 24, 2018.
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  21. ^ Corcoran, Barbara (April 26, 2014). "Best part of my weekend is having breakfast at the shop around the corner with my". Retrieved January 24, 2018.

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