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Michael Dell, (born February 23, 1965, Houston, Texas, U.S.), American entrepreneur, businessman, and author, known as the founder and CEO of Dell Inc., one of the world’s leading sellers of personal computer (PCs). In 2016 he became CEO of the newly formed parent company, Dell Technologies.

As a student of the University of Texas at Austin, Dell started his computer business (originally called PCs Limited) in 1984 with $1,000 in start-up capital. By the second half of his freshman year, Dell had sold $80,000 worth of computers. He dropped out of college at age 19 to run his company full-time, eventually going public in 1988. PCs Limited later became the Dell Computer Corporation and ultimately Dell Inc., when the product line expanded to include more than personal computers.

Dell’s business philosophy was to gain PC market share through a combination of cutting costs, reducing delivery time, and providing excellent customer service. To do so, he hired experienced executives, both to fill jobs in the company and to act as personal mentors, and he emphasized direct sales outside the usual retail outlets. In 1992 Dell became the youngest CEO in history to have his firm enter Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 corporations. In his book Direct from Dell: Strategies That Revolutionized an Industry (1999), Dell outlined the story of the company’s development and provided strategies applicable to all businesses.

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