American actor, film and television producer, as well as an entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban, was born on 31 July 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but to the public is perhaps best known for appearing in the reality competition series called “Shark Tank” since 2012.
So just how rich is Mark Cuban, as of mid-2017? According to authoritative sources, Mark’s net worth is estimated to be over $3.5 billion. Aside from involvement in business, Cuban has been able to purchase a mansion in Dallas, the cost of which was $14 million.
Mark Cuban Net Worth $3.5 Billion
Mark was educated at Mount Lebanon High School, and continued his studies at the University of Pittsburgh, then Kelley School of Business, from which he graduated with a degree in business administration. Initially, Cuban worked at Your Business Software company, but after being fired, decided to open his own business. One of Cuban’s first companies was MicroSolutions which specialized in reselling software, so successfully that Cuban went on to sell it for six million dollars, a significant boost to his net worth.
Over the years, Mark Cuban has become known as one of the most popular businessmen. He is currently an owner of Magnolia Pictures, the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, an Internet search engine called Ice Rocket, and the analytical Motion Loft. In addition to owning numerous companies, Cuban launched his own reality series called “The Benefactor” too, which premiered on screens in 2004. Cuban has also collaborated with Mascot Books publishing company, through which he released “Let’s Go, Mavs!” children’s book.
Cuban is also heavily involved in the sports business. In 2003, Cuban made an appearance during the “Survivor Series” wrestling event, hosted WWE Raw show, and co-operated with Vince McMahon to create a new wrestling league. Aside from appearances on Raw, Cuban has been a guest star on “Trust Us with Your Life”, “Dragon’s Den”, “Dallas” and “Colbert Report”.
However, Mark Cuban’s appearances as a judge on “Shark Tank” have built his persona. Created by Dan Purpalaj, the series focuses on aspiring business people, who present their ideas, concepts and products to a panel of investors, referred to as “sharks”, and the panel then makes a decision of whether or not to invest in the product.
Cuban has been featured in other television projects too, such as “Dancing with the Stars”, “Real Time with Bill Maher”, “Bad Teacher” and “The League”, and in addition in 2011 Mark Cuban published a book called “How to Win at the Sport Business”, in which he shared his experiences as a businessman.
Currently, Mark Cuban serves as an owner of the film distributing company “Magnolia Pictures”, the theatre chain “Landmark Theatres” that markets independent films, and the Dallas Mavericks basketball team.
In his personal life, Mark Cuban has been married to Tiffany Stewart since 2002; they have two daughters and a son, and reside in Dallas, Texas.
Offered Donald Trump $10 million for a four hour interview. The terms for the interview were that they would only discuss Trump's policy proposals and that no one else besides a broadcast technicians would be present.
Net worth: $3.5 billion.
He is of Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish descent.
While studying at Indiana University in 1980-81, Cuban owned and operated a well-known bar called Motley's Pub. It was a huge dance place and as was common in that era often held wet T-shirt contests to drum up customers. Mark was famous among employees for trying to come up with unusual drinks to bring in people, particularly females, so there were lots of concoctions of ice cream or cookies mixed with booze.
Has been listed on the Forbes 400 Richest Americans list since 2000 with an estimated net worth of 1.3 to 1.9 billion dollars.
He and Broadcast.com partner Todd Wagner are large stockholders in Lions Gate Entertainment which produces and distributes motion picture and television programming.
As a publicity stunt, worked at a Dallas area Dairy Queen for a day. His "pay" was donated to charity.
Founder of digital network HDNet.
Was a season ticket holder to the Dallas Mavericks before purchasing the club.
Attempted to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey club in the late 1990s.
Co-founded Broadcast.com, the leading provider of multimedia and streaming on the Internet, in 1995, selling it to Yahoo! in July of 1999 for more than $5 billion.
Bought the Dallas Mavericks basketball team on January 14, 2000.
Before Broadcast.com, Cuban founded MicroSolutions, a leading National Systems Integrator, in 1983, and later sold it to CompuServe.
It doesn't matter how many times you fail. All it takes is one and everybody can call you an overnight success, so don't quit because we've all been laughed at. I know I've been laughed at, and my biggest hits have been the ones people thought were most likely to fail.
[on being approached to fund potential business projects] The list is long, from hair implants to braces, to breast implants. I always get 'I hear that you're worth X amount of dollars, so one tenth of one-percent - you're not going to miss it. Would you just write me a check?' It's fun. It's a good problem to have.
[A 2007 prediction about what the next big money-maker might be] The one thing I know is the next opportunity won't be on the Internet. It will be a technology that is somewhere else. Some ten-year-old little girl will come up with it, and we'll all wonder how we missed it.
I hate politics. It's slimy. Any job where people pander for votes I don't like. The country has gotten so partisan that if you're not on my side, you're the enemy.
[on success] I used to drive around, look at the big houses and imagine what it would be like to live there, and use that as motivation. But I never imagined that would happen to me. I try not to take any of it for granted, and make sure that no one ever pinches me so I wake up.
[on the one thing he would want to hang on to if he should lose all his money and possessions] Diapers. I have little kids. Everything else I could figure out, but I would need those diapers.