Mark Cuban was reportedly "bummed out" to learn about fellow co-star Chris Sacca's early retirement from startup investing and ABC's hit show (or so said Sacca), but worry not, the Mavericks owner will have plenty of options for a new sparring partner in Shark Tank's upcoming season.

On Monday, ABC announced that Richard Branson, the daredevil billionaire founder of Virgin Group, and Alex Rodriguez, former Yankees baseball star, are joining the tank for the TV show's ninth season, starting next fall.

While A-Rod is more commonly known for his baseball acumen, he is the founder of A-Rod Corp, a company that has been around for nearly 15 years, according to its website. The company claims to currently hold more than 13,000 real estate units across 10 states. It also owns "auto dealerships and high-end fitness centers in Mexico and the United States," according to the site.

Branson and A-Rod will go head to head with four other Sharks vying for a cut of the next multimillion-dollar success story. Fellow guest stars for the new season include Spanx's Sara Blakely, serial entrepreneur Rohan Oza, and former Real Housewives star and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel.

Published on: May 16, 2017