Bachelor in English and Theology, St. Thomas Aquinas College. Doctor (honorary), Marymount College.
As a television personality, she is a "Shark" investor on American Broadcasting Company"s Shark Tank. 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 $5,300, inflation-adjusted, 2014).
In the mid-1970s she also began publishing The Corcoran Report on real estate data trends in New York City.
In 2001, Corcoran sold her business to NRT Incorporated for $66 million. She is also a "Shark" investor on American Broadcasting Company"s Shark Tank, and is invested in more than a dozen businesses to date.
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. 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 Incorporated.
She is also the real estate contributor to National Broadcasting Company"s Today show, hosts "The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran" on Consumer News and Business Channel, and writes a weekly column in the New York Daily News.
Former chair New York chapter Young President Organization. Former board governors Real Estate Board New York.
Married Dale Barlow, 1979 (divorced). Married Bill Higgins, 1988. 1 child Thomas.