Mark Cuban Biography
Mark Cuban is an American businessman, investor, author, television personality, and philanthropist. He was born on July 31, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up in the suburb of Mount Lebanon in a Jewish family.
Instead of attending high school for his senior year, he enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Pittsburgh where he joined the Pi Lambda Phi International fraternity. While attending the University of Pittsburgh, he held a variety of jobs including a bartender, disco dancing instructor, and a party promoter. Growing up in Pittsburgh and attending college there as well caused him to become a “beloved” fan of their NFL team, the Pittsburgh Steelers. After one year at the University of Pittsburgh, he transferred to Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and graduated from the Kelley School of Business in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Management.
Since the age of 12, Mark has been a natural businessman. Selling garbage bags door to door, the seed was planted early on for what would eventually become long-term success. After graduating from Indiana University – where he briefly owned the most popular bar in town – Mark moved to Dallas. After a dispute with an employer who wanted him to clean instead of closing an important sale, Mark created MicroSolutions, a computer consulting service. He went on to later sell MicroSolutions in 1990 to CompuServe.
In 1995, Mark and long-time friend Todd Wagner came up with an internet based solution to not being able to listen to Hoosiers Basketball games out in Texas. That solution was Broadcast.com – streaming audio over the internet. In just four short years, Broadcast.com (then Audionet) would be sold to Yahoo for $5.6 billion dollars.
Since his acquisition of the Dallas Mavericks in 2000, he has overseen the Mavs competing in the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history in 2006 – and becoming NBA World Champions in 2011. They are currently listed as one of Forbes’ most valuable franchises in sports.
In addition to the Mavs, Mark is chairman and CEO of AXS tv, one of ABC’s “Sharks” on the hit show Shark Tank, and an investor in an ever-growing portfolio of businesses. He lives in Dallas with wife Tiffany, daughters Alexis and Alyssa, and son Jake.
Mark Cuban Age
He was born on July 31, 1958. He is 59 years old.
Mark Cuban Height
He stands at 6′ 3″ (190 cm).
Mark Cuban Wife
In September 2002, Cuban married Tiffany Stewart in a private ceremony in Barbados.
Mark Cuban Children – Mark Cuban Kids
Together with Tiffany Stewart, they have three children: daughters Alexis Sofia and Alyssa and son Jake.
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Mark Cuban Family
His paternal grandfather changed the family name from “Chabenisky” to “Cuban” after his family emigrated from Russia through Ellis Island. His maternal grandparents, who were also Jewish, came from Romania.
Mark Cuban Net Worth
Cuban has an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion.
Mark Cuban Ethnicity – Mark Cuban Nationality
He is of the white ethnicity and his nationality is American.
Mark Cuban House
Cuban’s 17.6 million house sits under just 7 acres in Dallas. It has 10 bedrooms and 13 bathrooms to complement the same.
Mark Cuban Quotes
- What I’ve learned is that if you really want to be successful at something, you’ll find that you put the time in. You won’t just ask somebody if it’s a good idea, you’ll go figure out if it’s a good idea.
- Treat your customers like they own you. Because they do.
- I’m a believer that you accomplish much, much more with direct relationships than by using an intermediary. And that cash you keep in the bank can be the difference between staying alive as a small business, or not.
- It is so much easier to be nice, to be respectful, to put yourself in your customers’ shoes and try to understand how you might help them before they ask for help, than it is to try to mend a broken customer relationship.
- Sweat equity is the most valuable equity there is. Know your business and industry better than anyone else in the world. Love what you do or don’t do it.
- Work like there is someone working 24 hours a day to take it all away from you.
- Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.
- What I do know, at least what I think I have learned from my experiences in business, is that when there is a rush for everyone to do the same thing, it becomes more difficult to do. Not easier. Harder.
- If you’re prepared and you know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You just have to figure out how to get there. There is always a way to get there.
- It doesn’t matter how many times you have failed, you only have to be right once.
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Mark Cuban 7 great books for entrepreneurs
- Rework, by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
- The Fountainhead” by Ayn Rand
- The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton M. Christensen
- The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need, by Andrew Tobias
- The Gospel of Wealth” by Andrew Carnegie
- Cold Calling Techniques, by Stephan Schiffman
- Self-Made Success, by Shaan Patel
Mark Cuban Companies
- Alyssa’s Cookies
- The Dallas Mavericks
- Landmark Theaters
- Magnolia Pictures
- 2020CV Inc
- Nano Global
- Bottle Blonde Dallas
- Kinomo Ltd.
- Fuzzy AI
- Matrix Analytics
- Cyber Dust
- Connected Signals
- Sportradar AG
- Axon Sports
- Nativ Mobil
- Three Commas
- Gumroad Inc.
- Zealot Networks Inc
- Unikrn Inc
- Sudo Security Group
- Stem Disintermedia Inc
- Vision Cortex ltd-Percepto
- MetroMile Inc
- Fashion Metric
- Undercover Colors
- Little Bird
- Virtuix Omni
- Go Catalant formerly Hourly Nerd
- Fiscal Note
- Insurance Zebra
- Nuro Retention
- Synergy Sports Technology
- Healthcare Revenue Solutions
- Condition One
- Artists Den Entertainment
Mark Cuban News
Mark Cuban Reveals The Best Thing He Ever Bought, Which Only 25 People In The World Still Own
Updated: April 16, 2018
Mark Cuban owns three private jets, including a Gulfstream V private jet he bought in 1999 for a cool $40 million.
But the billionaire Shark Tank host and Dallas Mavericks owner considers a single American Airlines ticket to be the “one of the best purchases [he’s] ever made.”
This wasn’t any regular old plane ticket, mind you. Cuban was among a very fortunate few to snag a lifelong, unlimited first-class American Airlines ticket good for flying anywhere in the world, which sold for a one-time fee of $250,000 back in 1981. There were no restrictions on when and where ticket holders could fly, and they even earned frequent flyer miles for their unfettered globe-trotting.
Only 28 people ever managed to get one of these “unlimited AAirpasses”, and only 25 ticket holders remain in the entire world.
American Airlines hatched the idea to lure in high-rolling customers after it was hit hard by the Airline Deregulation Act of 1978. The airline didn’t realize just how good of a deal it was, and they reportedly were soon losing $1 million a year just from the travel expenses of two ticket holders alone.
One high-flying passenger took as many as 10,000 flights in the 25 years after he bought his, including 1,000 flights to New York City, 500 to San Francisco, 500 to Los Angeles, 500 to London and 120 to Tokyo. You know, the usual.
American Airlines crunched the numbers and discontinued sales of its unlimited AAirpass in 1994, and even revoked the tickets of three owners, which resulted in a couple of lawsuits.
So even though he’s got a hangar full of private jets, it’s a good bet that Cuban would still be slumming it in American Airlines first-class if his unlimited ticket still worked.