Silver Lake Partners, with which Michael Dell is acquiring Dell, is one of the world's top technology investors, and prior to the Dell deal, it had about $14 billion in assets under management.
Silver Lake Partners is no newcomer to taking major IT vendors private. The investment company took the lead in hard drive vendor Seagate's 2000 move to go private.
Silver Lake Partners was also an investor in Skype before it was sold to Microsoft.
Silver Lake Partners and Michael Dell have had a long-term investment relationship stretching back to 1999, Bloomberg reported.