Mark Cuban Owner of Dallas Mavericks & American Businessman

He was born on July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Norton and Shirley Cuban.

His grandfather, Morris Chobanisky, emigrated from Russia and fed his family by selling merchandise out of the back of a truck.

At age 12, he sold sets of garbage bags to save up for a pair of shoes he wanted to buy.

In high school, he earned extra money, mainly by becoming a stamp and coin salesman.

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.

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.

In 1981, he took a job at Mellon Bank, in his hometown of Pittsburgh. When the company was ready to switch over to computers, he immersed himself in the study of machines and networking
After moving to Dallas in 1982, he landed a job selling software. He soon started his own consulting business, MicroSolutions, which he owned until 1990. He sold it to CompuServe for $6 million.
LIn 1995, he co-founded the company AudioNet.com, with Indiana alum, Todd Wagner. Later it was renamed Broadcast.com and in 1999 they sold out to Yahoo! for almost $6 billion.
In 2000, he bought the Dallas Mavericks from Ross Perot Jr. for $285 million
Mark Cuban purchased the Landmark Theatres chain and Magnolia Pictures in 2003. He is also listed as an executive producer for Goodnight and Good Luck (2005) and Akeelah and the Bee (2006).
He joined Shark Tank in 2013 as a venture capitalist, investing in people's companies.

Innovations Cuban is credited for:

  • MicroSolutions
  • Broadcast.com (AudioNet)
  • Winning NBA Franchise, Dallas Mavericks
  • 1st Owner (NBA team) to blog

He is also credited with launching the social media app, Cyber Dust.

Current Personal Net Worth: $3.3 billion

I would consider Mark Cuban successful because he has proven time after time, his ability to create and sustain a smart, profitable company. He was also able to use his innovative expertise to turn his team, the Dallas Mavericks into a winning franchise, who finally won the NBA title in 2011. He never let his typical, middle-class childhood keep him from achieving his dream.

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