Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Active - 1994 - 2023  |   Born - Jul 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Comedy, Thriller

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A self-made billionaire entrepreneur, Mark Cuban made business history when -- at the age of 32 -- he sold his computer consulting firm MicroSolutions to corporate giant CompuServe and became fabulously wealthy overnight. Cuban later did the same with yet another enterprise, the live-streaming Internet operation, and sold it to Yahoo! for a record-breaking price that pushed his own net worth into the billions. He then acquired the Dallas Mavericks basketball team and founded HDNet. Cuban achieved recognition outside of the boardroom in 2007, when ABC tapped him as one of the celebrity contestants on its trend-setting competitive reality series Dancing with the Stars, opposite partner Kym Johnson. Cuban worked steadily as an executive producer through the late 2000s and early 2010s; among the most notable titles include Two Lovers (2008), The Road (2009), and The Girlfriend Experience (2012).

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  • Sold plastic garbage bags door-to-door as a pre-teen and sold Cleveland papers out of his father's station wagon during a Pittsburgh newspaper strike.
  • Attended stamp-collecting events while in high school, buying merchandise on one floor and selling it at a profit on another.
  • Was cut from the high-school basketball team three years in a row.
  • Taught disco dancing in college and also co-owned a bar, until a wet-T-shirt contest involving an underage girl got him in trouble with authorities.
  • Worked at a Dallas-area Dairy Queen for a few hours one day after saying he wouldn't hire Ed Rush, the head of NBA officiating, "to manage a Dairy Queen"; the remark resulted in a record $500,000 fine.
  • Helped institute the spectator-friendly three-sided shot clock at NBA games, in response to e-mails from Mavericks fans.
  • Matched the dollar amounts of his NBA fines (a total of over $1.2 million at the end of the 2005-06 season) with charitable donations.
  • His Mavericks defeated the Miami Heat in six games, bringing Dallas its first NBA title, in June 2011.
  • As of 2011, his net worth is $2.3 billion.