Fortune 500 Rank: No. 51
Revenue: $56.9 billion
Top Executive: CEO Michael Dell
Round Rock, Texas-based Dell dropped from its No. 44 ranking last year. And if Michael Dell and a group of private equity firms and financing companies get their way, Dell will drop off the Fortune 500 list altogether.
Dell and the investors are trying to engineer a $24.4-billion buyout of the company that will take the company private. As the Fortune 500 rankings include only publicly traded companies, Dell would no longer be eligible. But the buyout effort keeps running into roadblocks, including opposition from Carl Icahn, a Dell investor, who argues the buyout price is too low.