In a recent article about the favorite college books of various famous people, billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban, cited The Fountainhead as his:
It was incredibly motivating to me. It encouraged me to think as an individual, take risks to reach my goals, and responsibility for my successes and failures. I loved it. I don’t know how many times I have read it, but it got to the point where I had to stop because I would get too fired up.
According to the Mark Cuban Wikipedia entry, it turns out that Cuban had a great deal in common with Howard Roark:
Even in college, Cuban was seen as controversial by some: his advisor admonished him for taking advanced courses during his freshman year and he was dissuaded from getting his MBA after getting a bachelor’s degree.
Be sure to check out Mark Cuban’s Blog.