Timeline: Dell since 1984, a roller-coaster ride

(Reuters) – Twenty-nine years after its founding, iconic computer maker Dell Inc agreed to a $ 24.4 billion deal to go private on Tuesday. The $ 13.65-per-share deal for the world’s third-largest computer maker involves chairman Michael Dell, private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft Corp. Here is a look at Dell’s 28-year journey: 1984 – Michael Dell, a 19-year-old, pre-med college freshman starts selling computers built from stock components out of his dorm room at the University of Texas in Austin. He later drops out to focus on the business he names “PC’s Limited. …

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