Mark Cuban

Chairman of HDNet and Owner
Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theaters and Magnolia Pictures

In September 2001, Mark Cuban launched HDNet, a provider of high-definition news, entertainment and sports programming. Cuban started his own computer consulting firm, MicroSolutions soon after college, which he later sold to CompuServe. In 1995, Cuban and his partner Todd Wagner co-founded, an Internet service that provided streaming audio and video of live news, radio, television and sporting events. went public, and was then purchased by Yahoo in 1999, making Cuban one of the wealthiest people in the country. In January of 2000, Cuban used all those bucks to buy the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise, becoming the only owner in team sports to encourage fan interaction through email on his own personal computer. He has also partnered once again with Wagner to create 2929 Entertainment, a holding company that owns 100 percent of Landmark Theaters, Magnolia Pictures Distribution, and Rysher Entertainment, and holds a stake in Lions Gate Entertainment. He is not known as a quiet man.

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