Mark Cuban is an American businessman, investor and TV personality born on July 31, 1958 who has an estimated net worth of $3.4 billion. He is best known for owning the NBA team Dallas Mavericks and starring on the investment reality TV show Shark Tank with Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec.
He said his first taste for business came at age 12 when he sold garbage bags to buy expensive basketball shoes. He had a variety of jobs and entrepreneurial ventures as a teen and graduated from the Kelley School of Business in 1981. After he started work as a business software salesperson. He was fired after a year, which inspired him to take his clients and starting his own company called MicroSolutions. He sold it to CompuServe in 1990 for $6 million.
In the mid-1990s, he started Audionet, which turned into Broadcast.com and provided the life-streaming of sports and other events. It grew quickly and was bought by Yahoo! For $5.7 billion in Yahoo! stock in 1999. This led to him expanding his business and investments in broadcasting, film and video production and a range of online startups. Since 2009, he has starred on ABC’s Shark Tank, based on the international franchise Dragons’ Den.