Owner, Dallas Mavericks; Co-Founder & Chairman, HDNet
Mark Cuban and co-founder Philip Garvin launched HDNet, the world’s first national television network broadcasting all of its programming in spectacular 1080i high-definition television (HDTV) in September 2001. Fueled by Cuban’s business leadership and enthusiasm, HDNet has quickly emerged as the leading provider of quality HDTV news, entertainment and sports programming. In January of 2000, Cuban fulfilled a dream by purchasing the Dallas Mavericks NBA franchise. The face of the organization began to change immediately. He was successful in instilling a sense of pride and passion into Mavericks’ fans by being the ultimate role model, cheering the team from the stands. He also became the only owner in team sports to encourage fan interaction through email on his own personal computer.