How this ‘Shark Tank’ judge went from scraping gum at McDonald’s to starting a venture fund with billionaire Stephen Ross

Anyone who gets to appear as a guest judge on “Shark Tank” has made it pretty big, from Major League Baseball star-turned-investor Alex Rodriguez to Bethenny Frankel of “Real Housewives of New York City.” Even Ring founder Jamie Siminoff, who appeared as a contestant in 2013 (he later sold the company to Amazon for $1 billion), returned to the show as a judge.

Sunday’s guest judge, Matt Higgins, is no exception. Higgins is the CEO and co-founder of private investment firm RSE Ventures with real estate mogul and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross, who is worth $7.7 billion according to Forbes. The firm invests in buzzy companies across sports (like the Drone Racing League), entertainment (like NextVR), media (like Gary Vaynerchuk’s VaynerMedia) and food and lifestyle (like Momofuku and Bluestone Lane).

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