A thousand entrepreneurs have braved the “shark” investors on ABC’s popular reality series Shark Tank over some 200 episodes this past decade, earning a total of nearly $125 million in investment money from the panel of main sharks and rotating guest sharks like Ashton Kutcher, Richard Branson and Troy Carter.
The latest episode is a tear-jerker, starring empathetic guest shark Matt Higgins, the 43-year-old vice chairman of the Miami Dolphins and co-founder of RSE Ventures. Higgins is one of Season 10’s several guest sharks—alongside Alex Rodriguez, Bethenny Frankel, Charles Barkley, Sarah Blakely, Rohan Oza and Jamie Siminoff—who joins mainstay sharks Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner and Daymond John.
In a rollercoaster episode, these are Higgins’s three best moments that highlighted his humble beginnings, his important work after 9/11 and his entrepreneurial expertise.
“The entrepreneurs who go on Shark Tank, they’re trying to make it and transcend—and I relate to that," he said. "I feel like my whole life has been about that. It’s not about where you began, it’s about where you end up and how much distance you’ve covered.”