Biographical information on Michael Dell

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Posted: Jul 18, 2013 1:10 PM

Michael Dell and a group of investors have made a $24.4 billion bid to buy out the company bearing his name. A vote on that has been delayed until next week to give the Dell Inc. board more time to collect the votes needed to approval the deal. Here's a brief biography of Michael Dell:

NAME: Michael S. Dell.

CURRENT TITLE: Founder, chairman, CEO, Dell Inc.

AGE: 48.

BORN: February 1965 to an orthodontist and a stockbroker.

EDUCATION: Attended the University of Texas and started a computer business in his dormitory room. Dropped out in 1984 to focus on building the company by emphasizing direct sales to customers rather than going through retail middlemen.

CAREER: Made his first $1,000 by selling stamps at age 12, and sold newspaper subscriptions for the now-defunct Houston Post. Founded PC's Limited, now known as Dell, in 1984 at age 19. In 1992, Dell became the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company when it debuts on the list. He stepped down as CEO in 2004 and resumed that role in 2007.

PHILANTHROPY: With his wife, he formed the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, which focuses on children's issues.