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Famous in the NBA for his zealous management of the Dallas Mavericks, entrepreneur Mark Cuban has also owned multiple Internet startups and a theater chain.
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In 2000, businessman and venture capitalist Mark Cuban bought the basketball team the Dallas Mavericks.
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In March of 2013, Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater let the case go to trial once again. The trial began on October 1, 2013. Later that month, he was officially cleared of all charges of insider trading by a Texas jury.
While Cuban has every reason to go into retirement mode, he's done anything but that. He's made a big foray into the high-definition TV market with a new startup, HDNet; launched his own reality TV series; and on the advice of his young daughter, was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars. He's further augmented his own celebrity with small screen and television appearances, and has brought his business acumen to the world of film and TV production. He's listed as an executive producer on big movie hits such as Goodnight and Good Luck, and Gonzo: the Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. In 2003, he purchased the Landmarks Theatre chain, and he also owns a stake in Lions Gate Entertainment.
An active voice in the athletic community, Cuban spoke out about Alex Rodriguez's 211 game suspension, which he was given for a drug related scandal in August 2013. The sports team owner said he thought Rodriguez's ban was "horrible" and that the prolonged suspension—first-time offenders receive a 50 game suspension and second-time offenders are suspended for 100—inflicted on him was "personal" during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Cuban went on to comment on Major League Baseball as a whole, claiming that he has no chance of buying a baseball team with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig running the sport like a "mafia."
Cuban married his longtime girlfriend Tiffany Stewart in 2002. They have two young daughters and live in the Dallas area.
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