Barbara Corcoran, “Shark Tank” investor


AGE: 65


HOMETOWN: Edgewater, New Jersey


LIVES IN: Manhattan


EDUCATION: Thomas Aquinas College


CAREER: Founder of New York real estate brokerage The Corcoran Group and Barbara Corcoran Inc., the company that sets up her media and TV appearances, including “Shark Tank”


FAMILY: Husband Bill, children Tom and Kate


HOBBIES: Skiing, going to the beach


LAST BOOK READ: Reread “Wuthering Heights,” by Emily Bronte; “it was as delicious as I remembered it.”


FAVORITE QUOTE: When she consulted a large developer about a complex problem, he told her, “You’re a smart girl. You’ll figure it out.” Now, Corcoran says, “I use it on myself and on other people, because it’s a confidence builder.”


PROUDEST MOMENT AS A BUSINESS OWNER: The first year she made a big profit, about three decades ago. “I went from having no profit year in and year out to making $35,000.” Then came big gifts: “I got my dad a Town Car and I bought my mother a new, blue Pontiac convertible.”


BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Reinventing herself as an author and TV personality after selling Corcoran Group. “I was convinced I had sold my golden goose. It took me probably four years to realize I was the golden goose. I could lay another egg, but I couldn’t see it then.”