10 Most Famous Jilted "Spouses" in Business

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Barbara Corcoran

About 30 years ago, Barbara Corcoran and her boyfriend Ray—who allegedly went by the name Ramon Simone—started a small real estate business in New York City. But to the then 29-year-old's surprise, Ramon announced one day he was marrying someone else: Corcoran's secretary. After their personal split, Corcoran decided to split the business too. She took her share of the employees to a new office and formed the Corcoran Group. Corcoran sold the business in 2001 for $66 million, and to this day has no qualms about crediting her break-up (and wanting revenge) as motivation for success.