Dell founder: Changes to voting rules could sink or save buyout plan

Michael Dell is hoping that increasing his bid for the company he founded will pave the way for critical changes to voting rules that may give him the boost he needs to succeed with his leveraged buyout of the struggling computer maker. The Dell founder and bidding partner Silver Lake Management added an extra $150 million to the pot, bringing their total bid to $24.6 billion on the condition that abstaining votes not be counted against them. Dell should have his answer Friday, but in an interview, he said that regardless of the outcome, he plans to stay with the company and "continue to do my best to make the company successful."

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