Mark Cuban

Jake Donegan and Jaemin Cho

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Entrepreneur of Shark Tank

Mark Cuban is one of the five investors on Shark Tank. When he was a teen, he would sell garbage bags door to door in his neighborhood. He was a former disco dancing instructor and was the co-founder of Broadcast.com.

History of Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban was born on July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents were Norton Cuban and Shirley Cuban. He has three children, daughter Alexis Sofia, daughter Alyssa, and son Jake. He used to collect baseballs cards and sold them for a lot of money when he was younger. He would try to collect money anyway he could in middle and high school.

How Mark Cuban became famous and rich

When Mark Cuban was a teen he would sell garbage bags door to door in his neighborhood and that's how he got started. In 1990, he created his own consulting business, MicroSolutions, and later that year he sold the firm to CompuServe for $6 million. In 1995, he created a website with his business partner called Broadcast.com and it was a website where you could listen to Indiana Hoosier basketball games online. Then in 1999, him and his business partner sold the website to Yahoo for nearly $6 billion. In 2010, he started working for Shark Tank and made a lot of investments on Shark Tank. His five best Shark Tank investments are, Breathometer for $1 million, BeatBox Beverages for $1 million, Rugged Events for $1.75 million, Ten Thirty One Productions for $2 million, and Zipz for $2.5 million. His net worth today is $3 billion.

Philanthropy

Mark Cuban donated $5 million to Indiana University, in order to create the Mark Cuban Center for Sports Media and Technology. He has also supported some elementary schools.

Fun Facts about Mark Cuban

  • In 2007, he was a contestant on the show, Dancing with the Stars.
  • In 1999 he made it into the Guinness World Record Book for the largest single e-commerce transaction, a Gulfstream V private jet for $40 million.
  • He worked behind the counter at a local Dairy Queen to make up for what he said involving the company.
  • He started his first business at 12, selling plastic trash bags door to door so that he could make enough money to buy the shoes that he wanted.
  • He had a baseball card collection when he was young and made a lot of money selling them.

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