Corcoran at a LinkedIn event
Barbara Ann Corcoran
March 10, 1949
Edgewater, New Jersey, U.S.
|Residence||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Alma mater||St. Thomas Aquinas College (Bachelor of Education, 1971)|
|Occupation||Commentator and Television personality|
|Net worth||US$80 Million|
Bill Higgins (m. 1988)
Barbara Ann Corcoran (born March 10, 1949) is an American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author, and television personality. She founded The Corcoran Group, a real estate brokerage in New York City, that she sold to NRT for $66 million in 2001. She is now a television personality as a "Shark" investor on ABC's Shark Tank, a position she has held for 9 seasons. She has made 59 deals on the show, pledging a total of $5.4 million, the largest being a $350,000 investment in Coverplay. Her mean investment size is $103,113 and her median investment size is $75,000.
Corcoran is a columnist for More, The Daily Review, and Redbook. She has written several books, and has been featured on Larry King Live, NBC's Today show, hosts The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran on CNBC, writes a weekly column in the New York Daily News, and is a guest speaker and consultant.
Early life and education
Corcoran was born and raised in Edgewater, New Jersey to a family of Irish Catholics. She is the 2nd of 10 children. She attended a local Catholic elementary school and then attended St. Cecilia High School in Englewood for her freshman year before flunking out of several courses and transferring to Leonia High School.
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. While she was a waitress, her boyfriend convinced her to work for a real estate company. She wanted to be her own boss, and in 1973, while working as a receptionist for the Giffuni Brothers’ real estate company in New York City, co-founded The Corcoran-Simonè with her boyfriend, who loaned $1,000. She split from her boyfriend 7 years later after he told her he was going to marry her secretary and she then formed her own firm, The Corcoran Group.
In the mid-1970s, she also began publishing The Corcoran Report, a newsletter covering real estate data trends in New York City.
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. On September 25, 2017, Corcoran and Motsepe were the first couple eliminated.
Corcoran lives in Manhattan with her husband, Bill Higgins, a retired Navy captain and participant in the Gulf War and a former FBI agent; they married in 1988. Barbara gave birth to their son Tom in 1994, via in vitro fertilisation, with an egg donated by her sister, Florence. The couple later adopted a daughter, Kate.
In 2019, for her 70th birthday, she had a mock funeral.
Her hobbies include skiing and going to the beach.
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