Michael Saul Dell, an American billionaire businessman, and philanthropist founded Dell Technologies, which is currently one of the largest technology infrastructure companies in the world. As of October 2022, he has a net worth of $45 billion and is ranked 24th on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. He serves as the company’s chairman and CEO.
His achievements have been recognized and celebrated in various domains, but little is known about his personal life and family, particularly his wife Susan Lynn Lieberman Dell. This article aims to shed some light on Susan and her life as a philanthropist and entrepreneur.
Inside Michael And Susan’s Relationship
Michael Dell and Susan Lynn Lieberman first met through a client in February 1988. At the time, Dell had just started his computer hardware business, PC’s Limited. After a successful blind date, the couple got engaged in spring and married in October 1989. Together, they have four children: Zachary, Juliette, Alexa, and Kira Dell.
Meet Michael’s Wife, Susan Dell
Susan comes from a family of highly driven individuals. Her father, Zelig Lieberman, is a celebrated doctor at the Baylor Medical Centre in Dallas, Texas, and her brothers, Steve and Randy, are successful in their respective business arenas, which happen to be real estate and venture capitals, respectively. Susan was a popular girl during her high school days and actively took part in sports. Throughout her school and college years, she was a star athlete, securing titles in triathlons.
After high school, Susan went on to study fashion merchandising and design at Arizona State University in Tempe. After college, she moved to Austin, Texas, to work for Trammell Crow in real estate. During this time, she pursued her passion for sports and continued to participate in marathons, triathlons, and cycling.
Susan has been actively involved in philanthropic activities throughout her married life. She has been one of the founding members of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, a philanthropic institution propelled by Dell Inc. and its multi-billion dollar backing. The foundation’s projects mostly had Susan’s brainchild, and she has been the backbone of the foundation. Highly competitive and driven by nature, Susan has achieved success through immense hard work and not just by virtue of marrying a business magnate.
Know About Michael And Susan Dell Foundation
The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation works mainly in the education and health sectors and concentrates mainly on children and young adults. It provides guidance and financial assistance to underprivileged but talented kids through the Dell Scholars program. The foundation also funds public schools and initiatives like Teach for America and Knowledge is Power Program.
In the health sector, the foundation has dedicated efforts to fight children-centric health problems like child obesity. The foundation has funded awareness documentaries, donated funds to central bodies like the President’s Council on Physical Fitness, and helped establish better infrastructure in medical schools like at the University of Texas at Austin. As of 2017, the total donation channeled into the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation has risen up to 1.32 billion USD, and efforts have been extended towards developing nations like India and South Africa through partner organizations.
Apart from her philanthropic efforts, Susan has also gone the entrepreneur route by investing in a number of fashion labels and launching her own fashion label called Phi in 2003. Her great flair for fashion was instrumental in establishing Phi as a sensational brand that featured great snappy, architectural, and unabashedly hip clothing under the leadership of designer Andreas Melbostad. Although the brand closed operations in 2009 during a financially difficult time, it left a lasting impact on the fashion industry.