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Dell Eyes Buyout to End Public Scrutiny 25 Years Post-IPO

Dell Inc.’s buyout talks may finally give founder Michael Dell the chance to jump-start growth after years of half-measures have fallen short.

Dell, the third-largest personal-computer maker, is discussing a leveraged buyout with private-equity firms TPG Capital and Silver Lake, a person with knowledge of the matter said yesterday. Before the buyout talks were reported, its shares had lost 48 percent in the past five years, compared with a 3.6 percent gain by the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.