Michael Dell was one of the tech wonder kids. He took his company public at the tender age of 23, made billions, and then took it private again 25 years later. The legend of Michael Dell doesn’t burn as bright as some others because the PC in general–Dell’s bread and butter–has taken some knocks. And the Texas-based entrepreneur isn’t a typical Silicon Valley story like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg. Dell was also pre-Internet–and his famous company seemed destined for oblivion not long ago as mobile and the Internet of Things further shrunk the PC marketshare.
But Dell is at Davos with the rest of the billionaires this week and he’s chipper, according to Henry Blodget. What makes Michael Dell so happy? How about this? Michael Dell thinks Windows 10 looks really good, and people are going to buy new PCs to use it. He think Chromebooks are probably a fad, not so cool as first believed–and no longterm threat to the Dell PC. He’s more free to innovate because taking Dell private again bought him that freedom. Dell’s debt has been upgraded, which always feels nice. Michael Dell likes the look of Dell Computer’s future.