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Real estate maven Barbara Corcoran is the founder of The Corcoran Group and a “shark” investor on TV’s Shark Tank. Her tale of humble beginnings growing up in family of 10 kids in Edgewater, New Jersey, is laugh-out-loud entertaining, featuring a motley cast of relatives and their hijinks. Her mother was compassionate and shrewd, and her inventive father was full of fun. Her family, Corcoran says, writing with Bruce Littlefield, prepared her for survival in a cutthroat world. She traces her journey from a $1,000 investment in her business to the top of the heap of New York City real estate. The Shark Tank section builds from a previous book, and the advice is a bit repetitive, but fans will appreciate the inside scoop on the show. Corcoran’s juicy anecdotes, including her dealings with then-developer Donald Trump, are riveting. If you’re looking for entrepreneurial inspiration, are curious about what makes Corcoran tick or just want to laugh, you’ll breeze through this fun read with pleasure.

About the Authors

 Founder and former president of The Corcoran Group Barbara Corcoran is a “shark” investor on the reality TV show Shark Tales.


Real Estate

Barbara Corcoran grew up in Edgewater, New Jersey, across the river from New York City. She had nine brothers and sisters, and they shared the family home with her grandmother, aunt, uncle, two cousins, another couple and their sons, and assorted pets. Corcoran’s mother made each child feel that he or she had a special gift, which kept the household going. Her mother taught Corcoran lessons that she would use to build her business.

Barbara Corcoran met her future boyfriend and business partner Ramòne “Ray” Simone, a developer, while working as a waitress when she was 21. He staked her to a week in New York City; while there she found a job as receptionist for Giffuni Brothers, a real estate firm that owned apartment buildings in Manhattan. Corcoran soon pitched Simone on opening their own real estate company. He invested $1,000 in Corcoran-Simone, retaining 51% control. Corcoran dove into real estate. 

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