The Benefactor

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ABC (ended 2004)

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The Benefactor

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Sixteen contestants vie to win $1 million from billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks Mark Cuban. View Cuban's Biography Everyone has dreamed of getting rich, and Cuban will help one lucky person attain that goal. The Benefactor isn't a traditional contest. Cuban will make his choice by putting the contestants through a series of tests, based on his life experiences, to determine who has what it takes to be successful. All the tests are designed to show the values and characteristics that Cuban feels are important — creativity, competitiveness and an entrepreneurial spirit. Cuban knows exactly what he is looking for. Which one of the 16 contestants has it? Of course there will be many surprises for the contestants along the way. Unlike other reality shows, Cuban will not wait until the end of each telecast to eliminate contestants who don't live up to his expectations. Contestants will find that at any time during the game, if Cuban doesn't like something, he may tell them, "Sorry, your million dollar dream just ended." During his extraordinarily successful business career, Cuban has co-founded Broadcast.com, sold to Yahoo! in 1999 for $5.7 billion, and MicroSolutions, a leading National Systems Integrator (sold to CompuServe.) In September 2001, he launched HDNet, an all high-definition television network (www.hd.net). Cuban purchased the Dallas Mavericks in January 2000 and changed the face of the organization, bringing a party atmosphere to home games and leading the team to the playoffs. In his short tenure in the NBA, he has earned a reputation of being articulately outspoken, and has developed quite a following in the media across the country. The Benefactor was created by and is executive-produced by David Young for 12 Yard Productions. Clay Newbill (executive producer, The Mole, Celebrity Mole and The Bachelorette) of Dog-Fight Industries, and Todd Wagner (Star Search (2003)), CEO of 2929 Productions, are also executive producers.moreless
Mark Cuban

Mark Cuban

Himself- The Benefactor

Chris (II)

Chris (II)

(season 1)

Christine

Christine

(season 1)

Shawn

Shawn

(season 1)

Dominic

Dominic

(season 1- Runner-Up)

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