Michael Dell is the founder and chief executive of Dell, the world's third- largest computer hardware manufacturer by revenue. He currently owns about 15 percent of the Round Rock, Texas-based company. Through his New York-based investment firm, MSD Capital, Dell also controls an investment portfolio worth more than $9 billion.
When Ken Duberstein’s secretary told him Michael Dell was on the phone on the afternoon of July 31, there was little doubt about the topic. That morning, Dell Inc.’s special board committee had rejected the latest offer from Dell to take the personal-computer company private, a battle that was dragging into its 11th month.
Michael Dell set up a family office in 1998 that diversified his wealth beyond stock in the computer maker he had started 14 years earlier. Now, as he seeks to take Dell Inc. private, the same investment firm may provide pivotal financing for what would be the largest buyout since 2007.