'Shark Tank' star Barbara Corcoran: How I went from a 10-kid household and more than 20 jobs to become a real estate mogul
Before finding fame on "Shark Tank" and before building her New York real-estate empire, Barbara Corcoran was one of 10 kids in a working-class New Jersey family.
"We watched my father get fired and hired and fired and hired - he must have interviewed well," Corcoran said on Business Insider's podcast, "Success! How I Did It." "He would always come home and tell the story as to why he was fired, and it always came down to the same bottom line: He would tell Mr. Stein where to take that job and shove it up where the sun don't shine, and we'd go, 'Yay, Dad!'"If nothing else, she learned how to take a risk. She started with a $1,000 loan from her then boyfriend to go into the real-estate business.Advertisement
They broke up, then the company broke up, and she built her half into the Corcoran Group, a real-estate behemoth that she sold for 66 million dollars in 2001. From there, she landed a spot co-hosting the hit reality-TV show "Shark Tank."
Corcoran discusses all this and more in the episode, including how she stands out in a competitive field. Her advice was pretty controversial:"I wore bright-colored suits, short skirts, I had great legs - that was my best asset. I flaunted them, no doubt about it."
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