Matt Higgins has always been determined to succeed on his own terms. Born into abject poverty in Queens, NY, he dropped out of high school, enrolled in Queens College at 16 with a GED and eventually earned his law degree from Fordham. Higgins was appointed the youngest press secretary in NYC history at 26, managing the global media response during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He then became Chief Operating Officer of the new agency charged with getting NYC back on its feet. The revitalized site is home to the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the 1,776-foot-tall Freedom Tower, symbolizing the resilience of the American spirit, while the footprints of the original Twin Towers are preserved for time immemorial as a tribute to those we lost.
In 2012, Higgins launched a new chapter as an entrepreneur by cofounding RSE Ventures. The hybrid investment firm has built and backed leading brands in sports and entertainment, food, marketing, and technology. RSE portfolio brands have appeared on Fast Company's list of Most Innovative Companies, including Resy and the Drone Racing League. RSE also incubated the International Champions Cup, the world’s largest privately owned soccer tournament. Within the NFL, Higgins serves as Vice Chairman of the Miami Dolphins. Higgins’ reputation as a self-made serial entrepreneur earned him a spot as a Shark investor on the Emmy award-winning TV show Shark Tank.
Higgins is passionate about human rights and serves on the board of Autism Speaks, advocating for scientific research and greater acceptance of neurodiversity.