Mark Cuban is considering running for president--but only if his wife and kids allow it.

The Shark Tank investor has been politically active this year by criticizing many of President Donald Trump's decisions and publishing a plan to fix the Affordable Care Act. Speaking at The New York Times DealBook Conference on Thursday, Cuban said that if he challenges Trump in the 2020 race, he'll do so as an independent. "The benefit of being an independent is you go right to the golden ticket time; if I get enough support in the polls, then I get to participate in the debates," he said.

Cuban is one of the most famous faces in business. He's the owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks, and his weekly appearance on ABC's hit show Shark Tank has consistently raised his profile. Cuban co-founded the video portal Broadcast.com with Todd Warner in 1995, and sold it to Yahoo for $5.7 billion four years later.

The billionaire investor, who touts the importance of knowing your business's numbers on Shark Tank, was dismissive of his own stats at the conference. When asked about his ranking on Forbes's annual list of the world's richest Americans -- the magazine estimates Cuban is worth $3.3 billion -- he said he doesn't respond to Forbes's emails. 

"I get my Forbes, I get my Businessweek, and they come in the mail," Cuban said. "I stick 'em in my bathroom, and when I get a chance, I read 'em."

Published on: Nov 10, 2017