100 Financial Experts Barbara Corcoran

Barbara Corcoran

Shark on 'Shark Tank'

"Whether you’re struggling with a little business or running an empire, the best money spent is making sure your team has fun. It’s the most overlooked tool for building a wildly innovative team, and you need to make it part of the budget. My mom called it 'mad money.' I treat myself to my own 'mad money' that I use to buy flowers, get a pretzel from the street cart, or hail a cab when I don’t feel like walking. I spend it on all the little things that make my life that much more enjoyable, and I don’t worry about wasting a thing!"


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Barbara Corcoran is a shark on “Shark Tank” and is also an executive producer of the show. She has appeared on the last 11 seasons and invested in more than 80 companies throughout her time on the show.

A true mogul now, Corcoran is a self-made success story. At 23, she quit her job as a waitress and borrowed $1,000 to start a real estate company in New York City. That company, the Corcoran Group, is now one of the largest and best-known brands in the brokerage business.

Corcoran is also the author of the book “Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 Into a Billion Dollar Business!” and host of the podcast “Business Unusual with Barbara Corcoran.” In addition, she is a motivational speaker.

Why She’s a Top Money Expert:

Corcoran is known for her business acumen as one of the sharks on “Shark Tank.”

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