Barbara Corcoran is a businesswoman, investor, consultant, writer, and TV personality from the United States. Corcoran is best known for being one of the investors, or “Sharks,” on the 2009 ABC show “Shark Tank.”
In 1973, she started a New York City real estate company called The Corcoran Group, called Corcoran-Simone. In 2001, she sold the company to NRT for $66 million.
Barbara has been the host of the podcasts “888-Barbara” and “Business Unusual with Barbara” and the CNBC show “The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran.” She has written three books and columns for “Redbook,” “More,” “The Daily Review,” and the “New York Daily News.”
Barbara Corcoran: Early Life
Barbara Corcoran was born on March 10, 1949, in Edgewater, New Jersey. Her full name is Barbara Ann Corcoran. She grew up in an Irish-Catholic family with nine other siblings. Barbara went to St. Cecilia High School but failed and switched to Leonia High School because of dyslexia.
Barbara went to St. Thomas Aquinas College and got a degree in education in 1971. She then taught school for a year. Corcoran said that she had 22 jobs before working in real estate.
Barbara Corcoran: Career
At age 23, Corcoran started working as a receptionist at the real estate firm of the Giffuni Brothers. She wanted to start her own business, so she asked her boyfriend, Ray Simone, for $1,000 and started the real estate company Corcoran-Simone with him in 1973.
After seven years, the couple broke up because Ray left Barbara for her secretary. He told Corcoran that she wouldn't be successful without him, but she's been proving him wrong ever since. Corcoran-Simone grew into The Corcoran Group, which was so successful that Barbara could sell it for a whopping $66 million in 2001.
In the mid-1970s, Barbara started publishing the real estate newsletter “The Corcoran Report.” She also wrote the book “If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned From My Mom” (2003).
“Nextville: Amazing Places to Live Your Life” (2008), and “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business” (2005). Corcoran joined Kevin O'Leary, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, and Kevin Harrington on “Shark Tank” in 2009.
Barbara competed in season 25 of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2017. She and her partner, Keo Motsepe, were the first couple to be eliminated. Since then, the show has won four Emmys and four Critics' Choice Television Awards. Barbara has played herself on many TV shows, including “Drop Dead Diva” (2013) and “Grace and Frankie” (2020).
Barbara Corcoran's Net Worth
Barbara Corcoran is one of the wealthiest women in America. According to celebritynetworth, she is said to have a fortune of $100 million. She has done well as an investor and as a writer.
Barbara is still on the ABC show Shark Tank about investors. She makes money from her many investments, book deals, and salary from the TV show “Shark Tank.”
Here are some of Barbara Corcoran's best career moments:
- More Magazine
- The Daily Review
- Larry King Live
- Shark Tank
- The Millionaire Broker on CNBC
- iHeartRadio (2018)
Barbara Corcoran: Personal Life
Barbara married Bill Higgins, a retired Navy captain and former FBI agent, in 1988. In 1994, Corcoran gave birth to their son Tom using an egg from her sister Florence. Kate, their daughter, whom they adopted in 2005, is also part of the family.
Barbara Corcoran: Real Estate
Barbara and Bill bought a 2,700-square-foot Park Avenue apartment for $3.5 million in 2001. The couple purchased a penthouse on Fifth Avenue for $10 million in 2015. The 11-room home has a solarium, a conservatory, and a terrace with plants.
One of the most successful businesswomen right now is Barbara Corcoran. She has worked with some of the best investors and business owners in the world, but she is best known for being a “shark” investor on the TV show “Shark Tank.”
As of August 2022, Barbara Corcoran's net worth is estimated to be around $100 million, which puts her on the list of the highest-paid businesswomen.