Barbara Corcoran

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Barbara Corcoran
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Corcoran at a LinkedIn event
Born Barbara Ann Corcoran
(1949-03-10) March 10, 1949 (age 68)
Edgewater, New Jersey, U.S.
Residence Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Alma mater St. Thomas Aquinas College (B.Ed.)
Occupation Founder of The Corcoran Group, Barbara Corcoran Inc. and Barbara Corcoran Venture Partners
Net worth Increase US$80 Million[1]
Spouse(s) Bill Higgins
Children 2[2]

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. As a television personality, she is a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank.


She graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in education in 1971.[6][7] 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).[5][7][8][9] In the mid-1970s she also began publishing The Corcoran Report on real estate data trends in New York City.[7]

In 2001, Corcoran sold her business to NRT Incorporated for $66 million.[3][10] She is also a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank, and is invested in more than twenty businesses to date.[11]

Real estate commentator[edit]

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.[12] 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.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Corcoran resides in Manhattan with her second husband, Bill Higgins,[13] and their two children.[2] 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 second is a son in his twenties, 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.

Selected works[edit]


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  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, Sunday, October 30, 2005
  6. ^ St. Thomas Aquinas College Alumni Hall of Fame Archived May 27, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ a b c Livingston, R.T., "The Corcoran Group: A Marketing Maven Forges into the Future", The Cooperator, December/January 2000.
  8. ^ "US Inflation Calculator". US Inflation Calculator. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  9. ^ Corcoran, Barbara (2011). Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business. Portfolio Trade. p. 320. ISBN 1-59184-418-5. 
  10. ^ "Barbara Corcoran: Rejection Breeds Success". The Wall Street Journal. June 2, 2011. Retrieved June 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ "About Barbara". Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ Jr, +Gresham Harkless. "Meet the Sharks: Barbara Corcoran - Hearpreneur". 
  13. ^ []

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