January 15, 2013 – Dell Inc.’s buyout talks could 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 Monday. Its stock has lost 43 percent in the past five years, compared with a 3.8 percent gain by the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.

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