In 2007, he was a contestant on the popular television show Dancing with the Stars. Although he didn’t win, he did well–especially considering he began practicing with his dance partner only seven weeks after having hip-replacement surgery.
When Mark was just 12 years old, he made money to buy the expensive basketball shoes he wanted by selling trash bags.
Cuban made his way into the Guinness Book of Records in 1999 by making what was then the largest single e-commerce transaction. And what did he buy? A Gulfstream V private jet–for $40 million.
Mark could afford to buy that private jet because in 1999 he sold his company–Broadcast.com–to Yahoo for $5.7 billion, personally netting about $2 billion in the process.
The NBA has fined Mark more than $2 million, for a variety of different infractions. His largest fine–$500,000–was the result of a remark he made about an NBA referee. Said Cuban about the referee: “Ed Rush might have been a great ref, but I wouldn’t hire him to manage a Dairy Queen.”
After making the Dairy Queen comment about Ed Rush and earning that $500,000 fine, Cuban accepted the invitation of a local Dairy Queen to work behind the counter for a day.
Mark met his wife Tiffany Stewart at a gym, and they dated for five years before marrying in 2002. Tiffany is 14 years younger than Mark.
Mark credits Ayn Rand’s novel The Fountainhead with giving him the courage to take risks and to be responsible for his successes and failures.
According to Mark, success requires hard work and focus (he once went seven years straight without a vacation while building his own business). Says Cuban, “There are no shortcuts. You have to work hard and try to put yourself in a position where, if luck strikes, you can see the opportunity and take advantage of it.”
Entrepreneur and professional sports team owner Mark Cuban was born on July 31, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cuban had a typically middle-class childhood. His father, Norton, spent nearly half a century working at a car upholstery shop. His grandfather, Morris Chobanisky, emigrated from Russia and fed his family by selling merchandise out of the back of a truck.
Like his grandfather, Cuban displayed a tenacity for making a deal and carving out a better life for himself. At the age of 12, he sold sets of garbage bags to save up for a pair of shoes he liked. In high school, he earned extra dollars any way he could, mainly by becoming a stamp and coin salesman.
Cuban’s go-getter attitude extended to the classroom as well. He started taking psychology classes at the University of Pittsburgh during his junior year of high school. He then skipped his senior year and enrolled full time at the college.
After his freshman year at Pitt, Cuban transferred to Indiana University. His understanding of supply and demand extended outside of the classroom. Needing to make money to continue his education (he was paying his own tuition) Cuban started giving dance lessons. That endeavor soon led him to hosting lavish disco parties at the Bloomington National Guard Armory.
Gotham Independent Film Tribute Award
1981 – Indiana University Bloomington
University Of Pittsburgh
Mark Cuban had a flair for business and even while studying at the Indiana University he had engaged himself in a variety of businesses like managing a pub, chain letters and instructing dance.
In 1982, after graduation, he moved to Texas and began working as a bartender. He later went on to work as a salesperson of a personal computer software retailer chain named Your Business Software, in Dallas. Mark Cuban was fired from work within a year.
At this point he founded a computer software consulting service called MicroSolutions. His previous experience in this field gave him the knowledge and skills required to initiate the business. He started with the assembling of systems and reselling computer software. In 1990, he managed to sell the company to CompuServe Information Service in a multi million deal.
In 1995, he along with Todd Wagner, an alumnus of Indiana University, began the Audionet—an internet radio company. The idea for this business came from their combined interest in listening to Indiana Hoosier college basket games online. Audionet was named Broadcast.com in 1998. In 1999, Broadcast.com assisted in the launch of the maiden live streamed Victoria’s Secret fashion show. The company was acquired by Yahoo! the same year.
Post the deal, Mark Cuban invested his wealth in diverse businesses. In 2000, he purchased the NBA team Dallas Mavericks. The team had been suffering from poor management decisions and low morale but once Mark Cuban became the owner he took initiative to boost the spirit of his players. The team went on to perform well and in 2006 made it to the finals of the NBA. Subsequently the team won the NBA title in 2011.
Mark Cuban along with partner Todd Wagner founded a media group named 2929 Entertainment, in 2003. 2929 co-produced a renewed version of the television show ‘Star Search’ that year. The same year the partners purchased Landmark Theatres – the largest movie theatre chain in USA, and film the distributor Magnolia Pictures.
In November 2003, Mark Cuban introduced High Definition Television into the market; he was the co-founder of AXS TV – the primary HD satellite TV network.
In 2004, Mark Cuban in collaboration with ABC Television launched a reality series ‘The Benefactor’. However, due to low ratings, the show went off air shortly after its launch. He also owned the Internet Search Engine – Ice rocket that was launched in 2004. Apart from this he was a partner in the startup – Red Swoosh- an initiative that allows peer-to-peer file sharing. This company was later bought by Akamai Technologies, in 2007.
In 2005, he funded Brondell Inc; A US based startup that made hi-tech closet seats. The following year he invested in a website named Sharesleuth.com that aided in revealing fraud and reducing the spread of false information.
In 2007, Mascot Books published his first children’s book ‘Let’s Go Mavs!’. He has also written an inspirational e-book ‘How to Win at the Sport of Business: If I Can Do It, You Can Do It’.
Mark Cuban’s other projects include the initiation of Bailoutsleuth.com—a website to oversee the US government’s bailout on financial institutions. Mark Cuban is also known to have funded the analytics company Motionloft.
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3.3 billion USD (2017)
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