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Michael Saul DELL

Primary Position:
Primary Company:
Dell Technologies
Estimated Net Worth:
At least $18.9 billion
Source of Wealth:
23 February 1965
United States
Houston, Texas, United States
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Native of Houston, Texas, born in 1965. Michael Saul Dell attended Herod Elementary School and Memorial High School in Houston. In 1984, while attending the University of Texas at Austin, Dell started his own company, PC Limited, the forerunner of Dell Incorporated, with an initial investment of $1,000. In 1988, the company went public, was renamed Dell Computer Corporation. Dell was named the Chairman and CEO. In 1998, he founded MSD Capital, his private investment firm and family office. In 2003, Dell Computer Corporation was rebranded ...

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Education History

Institution Name:
The University of Texas at Austin
Qualification Name:
Dropped Out
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Interesting Facts

While studying in college, Dell worked for the Houston Post newspaper, finding new subscribers, through which he earned $18,000.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Vehicles - Cars
Description: Owns a 2004 Porsche Boxster, a 2005 Hummer H2 and a Porsche Carrera GT.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Technology - Social Networks
Description: He has active Facebook and Twitter accounts; his Twitter handle is @MichaelDell.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Politics
Description: Has donated more than $900,000 to political causes and candidates.

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Giving Profile: Director of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation (MSDF). In 2013, the foundation had assets exceeding $800 million and donated more than $100 million; gives primarily to education, social and human services, arts and culture and community development causes. Notable recipients include: University of Texas, the Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, Texas Education Agency, Texas Charter Schools Association, A Glimmer of Hope Foundation, Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund, American Red Cross, Arts Center Stage, Charter School Policy Institute, Long Center for the Performing Arts, and Teach For America New York. Since 2004, the Dell Scholars Program by MSDF has awarded more than $69 million scholarships to Dell Scholars. In October 2014, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation reportedly donated $2 million to Bangalore, India-based education service provider Edutel Technologies to help provide learning solutions to underserved schools in India. In January 2015, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation reportedly pledged to donate $25 million, to fund the construction of Seton Healthcare Family's new teaching hospital in downtown Austin, Texas. The new hospital will be named "Dell Seton Medical Center" and is expected to open in 2017. As of September 2015, Dell has donated more than $1 billion to the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation since year 2000. In 2015, Medha, a U.S.-based non-profit organization announced a new collaboration with the MSDF to scale its Career Service Centres (CSC) and Employability Education Program to 1,500 students across Northern India. MSDF's grant funding and technical support enables Medha to establish CSCs in 50 educational institutions across Uttar Pradesh and Bihar until 2017. The fund also committed $2.7 million for the Quality Improvement Program (QIP) launched by the Directorate of School Education of Haryana. MSDF in collaboration with Essilor Vision Foundation, St. David's Foundation, Austin Community Foundation and Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas organize the Vision Van campaign in Texas, where Kids Vision for Life Central Texas visits every six months and the children get a full vision screening and glasses if needed. In May 2017, Dell announced to pledge an additional $1 billion to the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to support social entrepreneurs.

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