Barbara Corcoran net worth of £67 million (USD $90 million)…an author, motivational speaker and entrepreneur on Shark Tank…
This article is about Barbara Corcoran net worth and how she became a successful woman entrepreneur. Corcoran is a celebrity entrepreneur and Shark Tank shark.
Borne in Edgewater New Jersey, and now residing in Manhattan New York.
Barbara Corcoran is a real estate mogul, having founded the Corcoran Group real estate brokerage group.
Her amazing success story all began from a small £750 (USD $1,000) loan, but more about that later in the article.
On her personal website she quotes:
“Taking chances almost always makes for happy endings.”
Why an article on Barbara Corcoran net worth?
My interest in Barbara Corcoran is many-fold, but the top reasons include:
- She’s a successful entrepreneur and I love to write about success.
- Barbara Corcoran is a woman entrepreneur and I love to see women succeed.
- Corcoran is a real estate investor and being a property investor myself, this is an added interest.
- She’s a shark on America’s Shark Tank and I love shows like this.
Main sections of this article on Barbara Corcoran net worth are:
- Barbara Corcoran life story and life before she became a successful real estate millionaire or in American a billionaire.
- Article on the secret to Barbara Corcoran’s success.
- Barbara Corcoran net worth.
- Celebrity Barbara Corcoran from shark tank.
- Barbara Corcoran leadership style.
- The leadership style of Barbara Corcoran.
- Her two books as an author.
- Barbara Corcoran Dancing With The Stars.
- Famous Barbara Corcoran quotes.
Barbara Corcoran life story and early life, before she became a successful real estate billionaire…
Barbara Corcoran is happy to admit that she wasn’t the brightest kid at school. Barbara Corcoran’s education included obtaining D’s in her exams at high school.
However, she did manage to graduate from St. Thomas Aquinas College with a degree in education.
Her beginning seemed to go from bad to worse, as by the age of 23 she’d had 20 jobs.
But this string of job failures didn’t hold her back.
Barbara Corcoran husband and children…
Corcoran is married to her second husband Captain Bill Higgins. Her husband Bill Higgins is credited as an American Hero.
Bill Higgins now retired was an FBI agent. He was born in 1944, so is five years older than Barbara Corcoran who was born in March 1949.
Like Corcoran he was married before and he had four children from his previous marriage.
Higgins and Corcoran got married in 1984 and they have two children together. They have a son Thomas or Tom Higgins and an adopted daughter Katie Higgins, who is said to have learning disabilities.
An interesting article on the secret to Barbara Corcoran’s success…
Barbara Corcoran is known as the Queen of New York City Real Estate. In an article in the New York Daily News she’s described as the second of 10 children.
Her venture into property began in 1978 when her then boyfriend Ramon Simone lent her £750 (USD $ 1,000). They were partners in a Manhattan real estate project together.
They lived together with Ramon’s three children, but they also worked together in their business.
In the article she explains: “I had already been fired from more jobs than most people hold in a lifetime.” She then says: “Why not try another job? It was clear I couldn’t work for anyone but myself.”
Ramon Simone announced to Corcoran that he was to marry her secretary, and although she wanted to fire her, she couldn’t as he owned the majority stake of 51% of their joint business.
Corcoran decided she wanted to split the business and go it alone without Simone. One Friday morning she announce that this is what she wanted to do, so they did and each picked their best sales people one by one, like kids do in a playground looking to play a game of rounders.
At this point they had 14 sales people working for them and in the end they divided the company in half, with each taking 50% of the £57,000 (USD $77,000) of receivables and £8,000 (USD $11,000) cash they had too.
Barbara Corcoran is keen to increase the women in business statistics…
On Women in Business it is quoted that women only run 26% of the companies on the Fortune 500 list. Female entrepreneurs, including Barbara Corcoran, are keen to improve on this statistic.
I’m happy to be part of the @MediaplanetUSA #WomeninBusiness campaign! By the time I turned 23 I had had more than 20 jobs, but I never liked my boss. I realized that by starting my own company, I could be the boss, and that changed everything for me. Visit futureofbusinessandtech.com for my interview where I talked about work-life balance, starting my own business and more!
Barbara Corcoran turned Ramon Simone’s Insults into motivation to succeed…and succeed she did…
Corcoran got the best boost she could have ever got from her ex-boyfriend. Ramon Simone told her “You know you’ll never succeed without me.”
Barbara Corcoran sees these last words from Simone as a gift and an insurance policy for life.
Corcoran would rather die than to let him see her not succeed.
The business she had after the split was named The Corcoran Group. The Corcoran Group went from strength to strength as a New York real estate brokerage. She sold the business in 2001 for over £49 million (USD $66 million) to Henry Silverman Group. This business sale boosted her net worth and ultimately led her to becoming a shark on America’s Shark Tank.
Barbara Corcoran net worth…
Barbara Corcoran’s worth is estimated to be around £67 million (USD $90 million) as of 2017. She made the bulk of her wealth through real estate. Her net worth took a significant cash boost when she sold her real estate business in 2001.
You know you’ve made it as a successful and wealthy entrepreneur when you appear on the front cover of Inc. Magazine. In the article she talks about what it takes to be a great entrepreneur and how she picks her winners.
As already mentioned she sold her real estate brokerage business for £49 million (USD $66 million) in 2001. It all began with a small loan of £750 (USD $1,000) from Ramon Simone, which she turned into a real estate business empire of more than £447.8 million (USD $6 billion dollars American).
Barbara Corcoran’s worth has since been put to good use as an angel investor on Shark Tank.
Celebrity Barbara Corcoran Shark Tank shark…
Shark Tank Barbara Corcoran is a shark on America’s ABC Shark Tank. She joins fellow sharks in the new series which began 1 October 2017.
Barbara Corcoran is great for offering advice and wisdom on the Shark Tank show. She’s on Shark Tank with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, inventor and fellow business woman Lori Greiner, technology entrepreneur Robert Herjavec and software king Kevin O’Leary.
Below she’s seen touching up ‘Mr Wonderful’ Kevin O’Leary, showing her great sense of humour on the ABC show.
Barbara Corcoran investments and deals on Shark Tank…
Barbara Corcoran has been on Shark Tank since the very first season. Therefore in her time she has made a few investments on the show, with her total wealth invested now exceeding £4 million (USD $5 million).
$50,000 investment in Fidgetland for a 20% stake…
Her most recent deal on shark Tank where she will invest £37,000 (USD $50,000) is in Fidgetland. The investment she made was in return for a 20% stake in a company that sells products to help people to stay focused.
Founder of Fidgetland Jason Burns has a learning disability, to which Corcoran can relate as she is dyslexic herself. Not allowing her dyslexia to hold her back, she is keen to help other entrepreneurs with disabilities to succeed too.
In an interview on CNBC she explains “If I were to make a list of my top, say, seven or eight entrepreneurs I’ve invested in on ‘Shark Tank,’ I would say all but one have a learning disability.”
One of her largest Shark Tank investments Coverplay…
Barbara Corcoran invested £261,000 (USD $350,000) in Coverplay for a 40% equity stake in the business. This investment was on the fourth show in season one.
Co-founders of Coverplay entrepreneurs Amy Feldman and Allison Costa pitched for a 15% stake originally. This would have valued the business at over £1.74 million (USD $2.3 million). But in the end they settled on a deal where she got 40% of the shares.
The two entrepreneurs run a baby and child care business. Coverplay sells covers for children’s play pens or play yards in America. The idea behind their covers is to prevent against viruses.
One of her favourite investments from Shark Tank…
One of Barbara Corcoran’s favourite investments she made on Shark Tank was in Tom + Chee.
Entrepreneurs Tru Quakenbush and Cory War pitched their chain of grilled cheese and tomato soup shops business for a 10% stake. They were looking for an investment of £447,000 (USD $600,000), which valued the business at nearly 4.5 million (USD $6 million).
The final investment by Barbara Corcoran was shared with Mark Cuban, where they each invested £224,000 (USD $300,000) for a 15% equity stake, valuing the business at £1.5 million (USD $2 million).
The deal struck with the entrepreneur duo was that Barbara Corcoran gets the franchise rights in New York and Mark Cuban gets the franchise rights in Texas.
For a comprehensive list of Barbara Corcoran’s Shark Tank investments you can see these here on Sharkalytics.
Barbara Corcoran leadership style…
Barbara Corcoran doesn’t believe that leaders are borne, but that they are made by working hard. By doing so, you become someone who others want to follow…
Barbara Corcoran takes her leadership style and approach from her mother Florence. Whilst her mother wasn’t a business woman and ran a working class home and family in New Jersey, she gave Corcoran the inspiration and self-confidence she needed to succeed as an entrepreneur.
Corcoran’s leadership style is more like running the business as a great big family. In an interview on Entrepreneur.com she comments; “I never thought of it as leadership, but I knew I wanted to be loved by the people who worked for me,” Corcoran says.
Inspired by her mother…
She continues and says: “I built the business exactly the way my mother built and ran her family. I wanted a replication of the big, happy family I grew up in. I wanted happy people having fun.”
She found that her business benefited by her staff having fun. In her words in the same interview on Entrepreneur.com she says: “I found the more fun I created in the company, the more creative and innovative it became.” Having just written an article on employee retention strategies, this is another one of those great strategies to embrace.
Although she made her workplace a fun place to be, putting on office parties with dress themes, she also ran a tight ship. She operated a very strict code for newbie sales staff: If no sales were made within the first three months of starting, the employee would be out.
Barbara Corcoran book…
Barbara Corcoran is an author of two books. Her first book is ‘Shark Tales.’ The main focus of her book is on: “How I turned $1,000 into a billion dollar business.” For full disclosure, these links to her book are affiliate links, which means that I will get a commission if you decide to purchase her book.
Her book is an inspiration to entrepreneurs across the world. She provides some great advice for anyone embarking on starting a business. The book is written in a down-to-earth, frank, but heart-warming way.
Many come away thinking; “if she can do it, so can I.” Corcoran is so happy when she inspires new entrepreneurs through her writing.
Another not so well know book “Use What You’ve Got” is a book about business lessons shes learned from her Mom.
Based upon the number of great reviews she’s received on Amazon of her second book she authored: “If You Don’t Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails – And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom,” if you choose to read one of her books, this would be the one to read.
In her second book she talks more about her personal life and it’s more of a biography style of book. It includes her growing up in a large family with her 9 siblings. She puts her self-confidence down to her mother, who nurtured her as well as her brothers and sisters.
The book reveals how growing up at an early age, she shared a bedroom with five of her sisters.
Barbara Corcoran Dancing With The Stars…
Like her fellow shark Robert Herjavec, she appeared on America’s Dancing With the Stars (DWTS). They were referred to as Team Sharkeo on the show.
Barbara Corcoran DWTS partner was Keo Motsepe. But she didn’t last too long on the show. Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe were the first dancing couple to be eliminated from season 25.
In an interview with her South African dance partner Keo Motsepe in US Magazine he explained how grateful he was to spend time with her; “I never stopped laughing, that’s for sure. I was very humbled to dance with her.”
Prior to the show and helping with her dancing she went to The BOD for dance practice.
But in true Corcoran style after she was kicked off, she joked: “I ought to stick with real estate.”
She didn’t appear on Dancing With The Stars without a bit of controversy, as she accidentally put her hand on Keo Motsepe’s privates.
Famous Barbara Corcoran quotes…
I always like to include quotes from the entrepreneurs I write about, as they provide for inspiration to others.
The first of Barbara Corcoran quotes I came across on her Instagram page is this one:
“If you don’t have the desire to win, you won’t.”
Another great piece of advice from real estate mogul and successful women entrepreneur…
“There is a little poisonous voice inside all of us that whispers “Don’t go there. You can’t do it. Don’t take the chance.” It took me 20 years to kill that voice and set myself free.”
We all have that negative voice in our heads. All humans have negative thoughts. It’s what you do with those thoughts that makes all the difference…
Another piece of encouragement from this wonderful woman entrepreneur…
“It’s true! Every time I got anything really good in life, it was the result of a rejection!”
An insight into entrepreneurship and success…
Not a quote, but a good insight into entrepreneurial success, I love this one…
A final Barbara Corcoran quote to finish on…
“Change is tough and you can always come up with reasons not to do something. But, reaching a goal that you bravely fought and won is invigorating and a worthy reason for doing it.”
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