Our history

Vision. Drive. Stamina. That's where we started.

For nearly three decades, Dell has been on an incredible journey, experiencing positive growth on a global scale. Through it all, it's our people — customers, business partners and team members — who keep us moving through the rapidly evolving world of technology. Learn More Here ›

Key moments in our history.

Our company history is full of interesting developments. And we couldn't help but pick out a few of our favorite milestones to share:

  • 1984 — At the age of 19, Michael Dell found PC's Limited with $1,000 and a game-changing vision for the technology industry.
  • 1988 — We complete our initial public offering, raising $30 million and increasing market capitalization from $1,000 to $85 million.
  • 1992 — Dell debuts on the Fortune 500, making Michael Dell the youngest CEO on the list.
  • 1996 — Dell.com launches, generating $1 million in sales per day just six months after site is live.
  • 2001 — Dell becomes the No. 1 computer systems provider worldwide.
  • 2005 — Dell tops the list of "America's Most Admired Companies" in Fortune magazine.
  • 2010 — Dell is ranked the No. 1 healthcare information technology services provider in the world according to Gartner, Inc.
  • 2013 — Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners buy back Dell from public shareholders to accelerate our solutions strategy and to focus on the innovations and long-term investments with the most customer value.
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