Often, when entrepreneurs step into the businesslike gauntlet on ABC’s Shark Tank, it’s hard to read the room. To Mark Cuban, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Barbara Corcoran, and the occasional guest shark, dreamers and inventors pour their hearts out every week in hopes of an investment from some of the wealthiest and most successful business people in the world.
But what’s the dynamic behind the scenes? Veteran shark and real estate legend Barbara Corcoran stopped by The Morning Breath on Tuesday to reveal which shark she gets along with the best and which shark she hopes stays out of the tank for good.
Longtime fans of the near-decade-old show, TMB’s Jackie and Claudia Oshry were eager to ask the savvy Corcoran which shark friend is her favorite. “Definitely Mark Cuban — he’s a billionaire,” she laughs, adding, “Why would you want to get in bed with a millionaire when you’ve got a billionaire?”
Corcoran points out that she’s most likely to cozy up to Cuban when he’s ready to partner on a deal. “He’s richest, he’s most handsome, he’s the tallest guy on the set, and I think he has the best business acumen of all of the fellow sharks, myself included.”
With another season having wrapped this past Sunday, Corcoran reflects on the impressive judges they’ve had on. Yankee Alex Rodriguez, marketing expert Rohan Oza, venture investor Chris Sacca, Virgin founder Richard Branson, and Real Housewives of New York’s Bethenny Frankel appeared sporadically throughout Season 9, but there’s one shark in particular that Corcoran (jokingly) hopes not to see again.
“Bethenny was phenomenal. In fact, she was so good, I got worried. I’m like, ‘If she stays in my seat, I’m going to kill her.’” The creator of Skinnygirl Cocktails, not to mention a chef, author, and reality star, Frankel had a brute business acumen that was quite intimidating for the veteran sharks.
“It was scary to have, like, a Bethenny Frankel. She came in like a barracuda,” Corcoran says. “I hope they don’t invite her back.”