Michael Dell revolutionized the personal computer industry by skipping the middle man and selling directly to the customer. He also innovated PC manufacturing by developing a process to mass-produce individually made-to-order computers. He then enabled customers to order these personalized computers directly online. His innovations in manufacturing and distribution have made him one of the most successful businessmen of our time.
Dell is the world's largest PC manufacturer, growing from $6 million annual revenue to over $40 billion in only sixteen years. It employs over 40,000 people in over 170 countries worldwide. Dell's product line has diversified to includes not only PC's and network servers, but storage systems, printers, hand-held computers, MP3 players, and televisions, plus a wide selection of computer services. Dell is the largest online computer retailer, selling an average of $30 million a day.