1. Dell Buys Dell For $24.9 Billion
The biggest acquisition of the year wasn't a case of one company buying another. It was Dell CEO Michael Dell buying his own company, taking the computer maker private with some help from financial investors for a price tag of $24.9 billion.
It wasn't easy. Dell disclosed the plan in February after weeks of reports and speculation. But what seemed like a straightforward proposal turned into a months-long battle with activist investor Carl Icahn over the future of the company before Michael Dell finally prevailed in September.
So what happens now? Michael Dell has already shaken up the company’s U.S. management team. And the company has already taken some steps that indicate a more channel-focused approach to sales. But it's early yet. The only thing we can be sure of is that the impact of this acquisition will be felt deep into 2014 and beyond.