Michael Dell

Chairman and CEO

One of the giants of the PC industry, Michael Dell founded his namesake company in 1984 with $1,000 and the brilliant idea of selling a complicated product directly to customers, both businesses and consumers. In 1992, Mr. Dell became the youngest CEO ever to earn a ranking on the Fortune 500, and Dell eventually became the world's largest seller of personal computers. But, after stepping down as CEO a few years ago, Mr. Dell was forced to resume the role in 2007 after changing market conditions caused the company to falter. Average consumers, never Dell's core audience, became more important, as did retail sales. And Dell has been scrambling to compete with the likes of Apple, HP and Sony in areas like design and technical innovation, which have become more important.

Posts With Michael Dell

Dell and Red Hat Will Announce a Big Cloud-Computing Alliance Today

Doing for OpenStack what they did for Linux more than a decade ago. You know how that turned out.


Dell Investors Line Up For Court Appraisal

Investors with claims on more than 47.5 million Dell Inc. shares have reserved the right to ask a judge to award them more than the buyout price, in the latest example of investors trying to use the courts to nab a better outcome in a deal.

Dell Loses Its First Senior Executive Since the Buyout

The first, but maybe not the first of many.

HP Rises on a Day Full of Unusually Good News

One day, two victories.

Today Is Dell’s Last Day as a Public Company

See you around, DELL.

Look Who’s Taking Dell’s Spot on the S&P 500

Ending a 17-year run.

Dell’s Days as a Public Company Will End With a 13-Cent Dividend Payment

Also: The board will shrink from 10 members to three.

Carl Icahn Backs Down From Legal Challenge to Dell Buyout

Never mind, then.

News Byte

Regulators Clear Dell’s $25 Billion Buyout

Computing company Dell said today that it had cleared all the regulatory hurdles necessary to complete the transaction to go private. Shareholders approved the move to sell the company to CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake for $24.9 billion. The transaction had been bitterly contested by several shareholders, most notably activist investor Carl Icahn.

Why Larry Ellison and Michael Dell Are Now the Best of Friends

Friendship has its benefits.