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Barbara Ann Corcoran

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Barbara Ann Corcoran is an American businesswoman, investor, speaker, consultant, syndicated columnist, author, and television personality. She appears as a television personality and investor on ABC's Shark Tank. Born in Edgewater, New Jersey on March 10, 1949 she founded the Corcoran Group, a real estate brokerage in the 1970s, reaching peak success and selling the company in 2000. Barbara is a columnist for More Magazine, The Daily Review, and Redbook Magazine. She has written several books, and has been featured in various shows such as Larry King Live. She is the real estate contributor to NBC's Today show, the host of "The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran" on CNBC, and writes a weekly column in the New York Daily News.

Companies and Investments

Barbara Corcoran Inc. The Corcoran Group

Lessons Learned

Add Extra Value Barbara started The Corcoran Group in the 1970s to do real estate brokering, but also began publishing "The Corcoran Report", a newsletter on New York City real estate trends, around the same time. As an insider’s data-driven analysis of the real estate market, the report put her company on the map, giving it the authoritative voice it needed to grab the attention of the press and the industry. Over time, "The Corcoran Report" has become regarded as the barometer of the New York real estate market. By adding extra value, Barbara was able to gain another edge over the competition.

Think creatively to seize opportunity Barbara notes that the first time she met Donald Trump, she had produced a report called the Top 10 Condominium Survey in New York, and his building was near the bottom, which made him very upset. She quickly thought up a solution. Instead of looking at what a room would sell for, the way it was done then, they could calculate price per square foot, which would put him on top. This turned Trump into her biggest advocate. The Right Place At the Right Time Barbara began a real estate brokerage in New York City in the mid 1970s. This was a period when NYC began transforming from a rental town to a sale town. Barbara was able to capitalize on this new trend and build The Corcoran Group into the leading brokerage. NYC also saw wave after wave of real estate buyers, from the Japanese, to the Taiwanese, to the Germans, and later on the Russians. This has fueled a real estate market with its ups and downs but largely remained booming."

Inspiring Quotes

You will never succeed without me.

Ex-boyfriend, Ray Simone

Barbara Ann Corcoran's Quotes

Protect the optimism of your firm. The minute I spotted a chronic complainer, I would fire them. I did not care how much money they brought in because negativity kills optimism and belief in the future.

Barbara Ann Corcoran

Business plans are overrated. You are better off having a picture of what you want in your head. Half of business is planning, and half is reacting. It is always changing.

Barbara Ann Corcoran

Influential Books

Bruce Littlefield - If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: And Other Lessons I Learned from My Mom


Ray Simone



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