He is the founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, one of the world’s largest technology infrastructure companies. He is ranked as the 39th richest person in the world by Forbes, with a net worth of US$ 28.6 billion as of September 2018.
Dell was born in 1965 in Houston, to a Jewish family whose surname reflects the translation into English of the original German Thal (“valley” or “dale [q.v.]”; modern common-noun spelling Tal) upon the family’s immigration to the United States. The son of Lorraine Charlotte (née Langfan), a stockbroker, and Alexander Dell, an orthodontist, Michael Dell attended Herod Elementary School in Houston. In a bid to enter business early, he applied to take a high school equivalency exam at age eight. In his early teens, he invested his earnings from part-time jobs in stocks and precious metals.