On Season 10 of Shark Tank, New York City native Matt Higgins joins the cast as Guest Shark (October 21). He’s not a celebrity like past Guest Sharks (Virgin CEO Sir Richard Branson, Real Housewife Bethenny Frankel) but he’s a star of Wall Street. Higgins the co-founder and CEO of RSE Ventures, a private investment firm in Manhattan that has invested in everything from Japanese restaurant Momofuku to Equinox Fitness. Higgins’ co-founding partner is Stephen M. Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins (note: Higgins is also the vice chairman of the Miami Dolphins). Higgins also worked with the New York Jets, but it’s not so easy to pigeon-hole the 43-year-old billionaire.
Prior to getting into private equity, he was press secretary (the youngest in NYC history) under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a post he held during the September 11 attacks. Higgins was COO of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the company assigned to rebuild the site of the World Trade Center. In 2016, Higgins suggested that his fellow Republicans vote for Hillary Clinton citing that the “preservation of the republic” is more important than “taxation and anything else.” Higgins former boss Guiliani is currently working as personal attorney to President Donald Trump. New episodes of Shark Tank air Sunday nights on ABC.