The Associated Press
NAME: Mark Cuban
HOMETOWN: Born in Pittsburgh, lives in Dallas.
CURRENT TITLES: Owner, Dallas Mavericks basketball team. Chairman, CEO and president of the AXS TV cable channel.
EDUCATION: Attended University of Pittsburgh; bachelor's degree in business from Indiana University, 1981.
BUSINESS CAREER: Moved to Dallas and started a software-consulting business, MicrosSolutions, which he sold to CompuServe for $6 million in 1990. Co-founded Broadcast.com, which carried college basketball games on the Internet for out-of-town fans. Sold it for $5.7 billion to Yahoo in 1999. Bought Mavericks from Ross Perot Jr. in 2000, reportedly for $285 million. Co-owns Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures with Broadcast.com partner Todd Wagner.
WEALTH: Estimated at $2.5 billion by Forbes magazine, which ranks him No. 222 among the richest people in America.
ENTERTAINMENT CAREER: Appears regularly on ABC's "Shark Tank" as an investor weighing funding pitches from entrepreneurs. Starred on short-lived ABC reality show "The Benefactor." Competed on "Dancing With the Stars" in 2007.
PHILANTHROPY: Created the Fallen Patriot Fund to help families of U.S. soldiers killed or wounded in Iraq.
E-BOOK: Wrote "How to Win at the Sport of Business"
TWITTER: More than 1.8 million follow @mcuban.
NOTABLE QUOTES: Been fined at least $1.5 million by the NBA, mostly for criticizing referees. Drew a $500,000 fine for criticizing the league's director of officials, including the line, "I wouldn't hire him to manage a Dairy Queen." Explaining why he's not bothered if people think he's crazy, "Who lives their lives worried about what someone else thinks? ... The more people think I'm crazy and out of my mind, typically the better I do."
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