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Mark Cuban was born on 31 July 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1982, he graduated from Indiana University and moved to Texas.

Before becoming a successful entrepreneur, Mark Cuban had various jobs including being a bartender.

In 1983, Cuban founded systems-integration firm MicroSolutions, which he sold to CompuServe in 1990 for $6 million.

An even more lucrative business move followed. Together with his friend from Indiana University, Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban founded Broadcast.com in 1995.

Five years later they sold it to Yahoo for $5.7 billion. n January 2000, Mark Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks.

Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner also bought several media and entertainment concerns including Landmark Theatres (the largest US art-house chain), 2929 Productions, and HDnet.

Wired ran an interview with Mark Cuban in which he explained how the businesses linked together:

"We produce movies in the $10 to $25 million range through our company 2929 Productions, and films in the $1 million range through [our television network] HDnet. We can take the best of our films and the best of others', and display them in theaters or on HDTV. Everything will be digital, which gives us the freedom to break the business rules that everyone in Hollywood plays by."

In 2006, Mark Cuban was ranked 133rd in Forbes's list of The 400 Richest Americans.

Mark Cuban was one of the celebrity dancers in Dancing With The Stars, in which his dance partner is Kym Johnson, however they were eliminated in the fifth round.

In Mark Cuban's weblog, he explained why he was going on Dancing with The Stars, including that "the opportunity to do something unique that makes me smile is something I try not to pass up, Dancing with the Stars is just that."

He has been a regular 'shark' on Shark Tank, the US equivalent of Dragons' Den in the UK.

In 2017 the New York Times estimated Mark Cuban's net worth at $3.4 billion.

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