Throughout his numerous seasons and over 100 episodes at the forefront of “Shark Tank,” Mark Cuban made a total of 85 deals — a number that can potentially grow during the remainder of Season 15 and the entirety of Season 16. According to Forbes, he has invested nearly $30 million on-air throughout his tenure so far. As he explained during an appearance on Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson’s “All the Smoke” podcast, it’s his hope that the show has inspired the next generation of entrepreneurs.
“I feel like in doing ‘Shark Tank’ all these years, we’ve trained multiple generations of entrepreneurs that if somebody can come from Iowa or Sacramento or wherever, and show up on the carpet of ‘Shark Tank’ and show their business and get a deal, that’s going to inspire generations of kids,” he said of the show’s impact on viewers. Cuban added that he feels “Shark Tank” lets audiences know that the concept of the American dream is still very much alive in the today’s world.