The Business On... Mark Cuban, Owner, Dallas Mavericks
Thursday 23 September 2010
The NBA basketball team?
Indeed. Which is exactly the sort of plaything you might buy if you were made a dot.com billionaire overnight.
Dot.com billionaire? Thought they lost all their money?
Not if they happened to sell to a big sucker such as Yahoo at the height of the bubble. Mr Cuban, an entrepreneur and investor in Dallas, sold Broadcast.com, an online radio venture, for $5.7bn in 1999
Another case of a disastrous investment in sport?
No, no, no. Mr Cuban's ownership of the Mavericks has kept him in the limelight, he has plenty of money he keeps throwing into new ventures, and he is counted at No 400 on the Forbes list of global billionaires.
But is he happy?
Loving the celebrity life. He was even on Dancing With the Stars, a US Strictly Come Dancing. He just has a few anger management issues to sort out. He keeps shouting at basketball officials, rival teams, even players' mothers. He's been fined $1.6m for it so far.
What's he in the news for?
A little spot of difficulty with the authorities and an insider trading allegation that won't go away.
Mr Cuban had a 6 per cent stake in an internet search company called Mamma.com when the chief executive told him, in 2004, that it was about to do a fundraising that would dilute shareholders. He sold his stake before the announcement, saving what would have been a $750,000 loss when the shares fell.
Open and shut?
Actually, the Securities & Exchange Commission's charges were dismissed by a judge last year, who agreed that, since Mr Cuban hadn't promised to keep the conversation secret, it wasn't insider trading. He accused the SEC of pursuing a vendetta.
So, why are we still talking about this?
An appeals court reinstated the case, so Mr Cuban will have to defend himself again. His NBA punishments could pale in comparison if he fails.
- 1 Autism 'caused by genetics', study suggests
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Why you should never make assumptions about people with autism
- 4 Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
- 5 Have sex with your iPad thanks to the new sex toy no-one asked for
Tourist films plane's descent just metres above packed Caribbean beach
Bali nine: Welcome to 'Execution Island' – the Indonesian holiday resort where foreigners are sent to die
How Homer Simpson discovered the Higgs boson over a decade before scientists
The 'sex selfie stick' lets you FaceTime the inside of a vagina
Harrison Ford plane crash: Star Wars actor 'seriously injured' after light aircraft crash lands
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: Have you been doing a brilliant job in an admi...
£50000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you an innovative, senior H...
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client, a very well respect...
£25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An HR Consultant is required to join thi...