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Mark Cuban - Dallas Mavericks (TV-14; 1:13) In 2000, businessman and venture capitalist Mark Cuban bought the basketball team the Dallas Mavericks.

Synopsis

Born in Pittsburgh in 1958, entrepreneur Mark Cuban has ventured into many diverse businesses. He made his fortune through the sale of startups MicroSolutions and Broadcast.com in the 1990s, and later became known as the zealous owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks. Cuban has also invested in film production, and has appeared on such TV series as Dancing with the Stars and Shark Tank.

Early Life

Entrepreneur and professional sports team owner Mark Cuban was born on July 31, 1958, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cuban had a typically middle-class childhood. His father, Norton, spent nearly half a century working at a car upholstery shop. His grandfather, Morris Chobanisky, emigrated from Russia and fed his family by selling merchandise out of the back of a truck.

Like his grandfather, Cuban displayed a tenacity for making a deal and carving out a better life for himself. At the age of 12, he sold sets of garbage bags to save up for a pair of shoes he liked. In high school, he earned extra dollars any way he could, mainly by becoming a stamp and coin salesman.

Cuban's go-getter attitude extended to the classroom as well. He started taking psychology classes at the University of Pittsburgh during his junior year of high school. He then skipped his senior year and enrolled full time at the college.

After his freshman year at Pitt, Cuban transferred to Indiana University. His understanding of supply and demand extended outside of the classroom. Needing to make money to continue his education (he was paying his own tuition) Cuban started giving dance lessons. That endeavor soon led him to hosting lavish disco parties at the Bloomington National Guard Armory.