FORTUNE -- Dell Inc. shareholders last Thursday approved a $25 billion buyout of the company by founder and CEO Michael Dell, working in partnership with private equity firm Silver Lake.
The vote came more than 14 months after Dell and Silver Lake first discussed the possibility of such a transaction, and seven months after the agreement was first announced. Along the way there have been several twists and turns, including interest from The Blackstone Group (BX) and a challenge from Carl Icahn that resulted in a small price bump for Dell (DELL) shareholders.
Through it all, Michael Dell has kept mostly silent -- voicing his views only occasionally via statements filed with the SEC. But now he's free of those legal shackles, and was scheduled to talk with Fortune after the vote. In general, I had told him that I wanted to discuss three topics:
Unfortunately, the CEO got behind schedule and dropping us was the best way to get his trains running on time again. But on Saturday, Michael Dell sent me a series of Twitter direct messages. "Hopefully I answered your main questions," he added at the end.
So this certainly isn't the interview I was looking to conduct (or really even an interview at all), but sometimes you've got to take what you can get. Below are Michael Dell's tweets:
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The long Dell saga nears its conclusion.
FORTUNE -- Dell Inc. shareholders today are expected to approve a $24.5 billion buyout of the company by CEO Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake, more than seven months after the agreement was first announced.
Since then there has been a go-shop process that included serious interest from The Blackstone Group, Carl Icahn's entry into the fray, crumbling PC industry data, numerous vote MOREDan Primack - Sep 12, 2013 6:30 AM ET
Michael Dell nears knockout of Carl Icahn.
FORTUNE -- Carl Icahn today acknowledged that he will be unable to thwart Michael Dell's attempts to take Dell Inc. (DELL) private, with Dell shareholders expected to approve the $25 billion deal this Thursday.
Icahn has been fighting the PC maker's founder and CEO for months, and has become its largest outside shareholder with nearly a 9% stake. But he recently lost a key legal MOREDan Primack - Sep 9, 2013 10:55 AM ET
Not all management buyouts are necessarily bad for shareholders.
FORTUNE -- Ever since Michael Dell first offered to take Dell Inc. (DELL) private, certain people have come out in knee-jerk opposition. "He must know something the rest of us don't," they argue, leading to accusations that Dell is trying to "steal" the company he founded nearly 30 years ago.
First we heard this complaint from longtime Dell stockholders. Then from relative newcomer MOREDan Primack - Aug 16, 2013 1:24 PM ET
Putting the Dell sale in timeline context.
FORTUNE -- The Dell (DELL) buyout seems to have been dragging on forever, but it has a long ways to go before calling the folks at Guinness.
From what I can tell, the longest formal buyout process of all time belongs to Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners' pursuit of Clear Channel Communications.
In that case, Clear Channel announced on Nov. 14, 2006 that it MOREDan Primack - Aug 5, 2013 1:27 PM ET
Dell makes its founder an offer he probably can't refuse.
FORTUNE -- Michael Dell and Carl Icahn finally have something in common: They are annoyed with Dell Inc.'s special committee.
Dell's (DELL) special committee this morning rejected a new buyout proposal from Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake, which would have raised their offer from $13.65 per share to $13.75 per share in exchange for a voting rules change that MOREDan Primack - Jul 31, 2013 9:34 AM ET
Don't expect Michael Dell to raise his price.
FORTUNE -- There are multiple reports out this afternoon that Dell Inc.'s (DELL) special committee may delay Thursday's scheduled shareholder vote on the $24.4 billion buyout proposal from Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake.
Here is how Bloomberg explained the situation:
Adjourning the vote would give buyers Dell and Silver Lake Management LLC time to boost the bid or declare the current offer of MOREDan Primack - Jul 16, 2013 4:44 PM ET
Shareholder advisory firm ISS favors Michael Dell's buyout offer.
FORTUNE -- Dell Inc. (DELL) shareholders should accept a $13.65 per share buyout offer from company founder Michael Dell and private equity firm Silver Lake Partners, according to a statement released this morning by Institutional Shareholder Services.
It is not unusual for ISS to endorse a large take-private transaction, but there were strong indications last week that the shareholder advisory firm viewed the deal MOREDan Primack - Jul 8, 2013 7:37 AM ET
Even if Michael Dell loses in the short-term, he could win in the long-term.
FORTUNE -- Carl Icahn yesterday laid out the details of his $5.2 billion in debt financing for Dell Inc. tender offer. Turns out Icahn himself had to put up a whopping $3.1 billion, after originally suggesting that he'd be good for $2 billion in a worst-case scenario. In other words, it was a tough sell.
So I wrote a MOREDan Primack - Jul 3, 2013 12:53 PM ET
Michael Dell tells shareholders why they should let him take Dell private. And what will happen if they don't.
FORTUNE -- Michael Dell this morning explained his rationale for wanting to take Dell Inc. (DELL) private, via a nine-page investor presentation. But most notable might be his thoughts over what happens if shareholders vote down the $13.65 per share offer, in which he is partnering with private equity firm Silver Lake.
Dell MOREDan Primack - Jun 21, 2013 8:34 AM ET
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