shark cage investor Mark Cuban has never been shy about talking about how he got to where he is today. But this does not apply to all subjects, including his wife, Tiffany.
Mark and Tiffany first met at a gym in Dallas in 1997. She was 25 years old at the time, and he was 39. At the turn of the millennium, the entrepreneur did not want to share details about their relationship with forbes, who asked him if he would possibly marry Tiffany, as they had been dating for three years. “That’s a no-win question for me,” he told the outlet.
That said, Tiffany lived with Mark in his 24,000-square-foot castle in Dallas, which he bought after selling his basketball streaming service Broadcast.com to Yahoo in 1999 for a whopping $5.7 million. Six months later, he cashed in on his stock and found his new home as a self-made billionaire.
In 2000, speaking with The New York Times, Tiffany opened up that he had to have “a lot of patience” to live with Mark. She “didn’t like coming home to” the grand estate, calling the house “impractical.” Making their living situation a little more difficult was Mark’s opposition to furniture.
The then ad salesman also revealed that their relationship was “suffering”.[ed] scheduling problems” because Mark “divided his time into blocks of seconds”. It was common for the two to have different sleep schedules. Tiffany attributed it to his computer. “He can’t turn it off. He just can’t!” she told the newspaper. Mark also reiterated his sentiment on marriage with NOW, saying, “It’s such a serious commitment.”
Fast forward, two years later, Mark and Tiffany officially married on September 25, 2002 at the Royal Pavilion Resort in Barbados in front of 20 family and friends. It’s not known when the Dallas Mavericks owner changed his mind and how he made the proposal, but soon after, the duo started growing their family.
Today Mark and Tiffany have three children: Alexis, 18, Alyssa, 14 and Jake, 11. The former Dancing with the stars participant has been candid about passing on certain values to his children, such as understanding the importance of money. Originally from Pittsburgh, Mark has described his upbringing as “middle class” in “a working-class family.”
“I’m not the dad who comes home with a bunch of presents. I’m the dad who says, ‘Pick that up. Pick that up, throw it in the sink. No, you have to earn that,'” he told Insider 2014. “I want them to recognize that the only thing that’s special about themselves is what they make for themselves.”
Mark continued: “They have to be themselves. They cannot be the son or daughter of Mark Cuban or Tiffany Cuban. They have to be adults and they have to carry their own weight… I didn’t want them to feel they were entitled I want them to be like themselves… I just don’t want it to ever be about things. If I treat them with respect, hopefully they will treat their peers with respect. That’s what we pay more attention to than anything else, how they treat other people.”
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