Dell Inc. is synonymous with computers in the 21st century. Almost everyone who has sat down to use a computer has likely used a Dell at some point in time. Millions of individuals, libraries, and businesses use Dell computers to get tasks accomplished on a daily basis. The story of Dell’s history is a true self-made millionaire story, and as such leaves many people wanting to know more about the company and its founder.
There are a number of fun facts to know regarding not only Dell Inc., but also its founder Michael Dell. Before diving into the unknown about the company, let’s think about some of the fun facts surrounding Michael Dell.
Dell began selling personal computers at the age of 19 when he was a student at the University of Texas in 1984. Dell built and sold the computers himself, all done out of his dorm room. He initially called the company PC’s Unlimited before changing the name to Dell Inc. His business started with a $1,000 investment before the company’s IPO raised $30 million. When Dell Inc. was first listed on the list of Fortune 500 companies in 1992, Dell became the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company instantly. He continues to hold that roll today.
Dell and his family reside in Austin, Texas which is also the headquarters of Dell Inc. The Dell Family lives in a 22,000 square foot home situated on 60 acres of land. The home, which includes eight bedrooms, 21 bathrooms, a conference room, and gym, is reportedly the 15th largest home in the world.
The list of fun facts about Michael Dell’s company is almost as long as the list of fun facts about Dell and his family. The following is a list of fun facts regarding Dell Inc. and are listed in no particular order:
- Dell Inc. has been the No. 1 supplier to U.S. businesses both large and small for 10 years. This includes the 10 largest U.S. companies, the top six internet service companies, and the top five U.S. commercial banks, all of whom use Dell computers.
Dell Inc. ranks number 33 on the Fortune 500 list, and does business with every company ranked among the Fortune 100. It is no longer in the list.
- Within seven months of launching Dell.com, the company was selling $1 million a day in products. Dell currently ships an average of 140,000 devices each day, equaling nearly one per second.
- Dell employs 78,000 individuals around the globe, including 39,500 in the Americas and 32,100 in the Asia-Pacific region. With 78,000 employees, Dell employs more individuals than the University of Texas, where Michael Dell launched his enterprise.
- Dell was recognized by Technology Business Research in 2009 as the number one company on the Corporate Sustainability Index Benchmark Report. Nine of the company’s facilities run on 100% green energy including its Austin, TX headquarters. The 2.1 million square foot facility runs on wind power and gas energy derived from a landfill.
In an era of contempt for the greed of corporate America, it is refreshing to learn some little known facts about a company that show us not all of corporate America is out to profit at all costs.
Author Bio:-This Guest post is contributed by Daniel Kimball, for Dell.com. Dell develops, sells and supports computers and related products, such as printers, cameras and MP3 players.