Born in the New York City suburb of Edgewater, New Jersey, real-estate mogul and reality TV star Barbara Corcoran graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas College in 1971 intending to pursue a career in education. After teaching for one year, she began working as a real-estate broker, and in 1973 co-founded a business called The Corcoran Group. In addition to her work as a broker, she began publishing The Corcoran Report, a document detailing real-estate trends in New York City. The Corcoran Group was a tremendously successful business, selling and renting properties in such luxury communities as the Hamptons, Palm Beach, and New York City. The company was a tremendous success, and Corcoran went on to sell her business in 2001 for $66 million. Following the sale, Corcoran began to make the rounds on the real estate circuit, and to work as a consultant and a television producer as well, through her production company Barbara Corcoran, Inc. Corcoran was one of the "Shark" investors on the hit ABC program "Shark Tank" (ABC, 2009-), and personally invested in several businesses presented on the show. Corcoran served as a columnist for More, Redbook, and The Daily Review. She wrote a daily column for The New York Daily News, and hosted "The Millionaire Broker with Barbara Corcoran" on MSNBC. Corcoran also wrote several books including <i>If You Don't Have Big Breasts, Put Ribbons on Your Pigtails: and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mom</i>.