The 10 Most Controversial Companies Of 2013


4. Dell

There's no doubt 2013 was one of the most pivotal years in Dell's storied history, but this year was riddled with some shocking and even controversial events. A game-changing plan by Michael Dell to buy back the company and take it private? Check. A spirited debate about the buyback price and shareholder value? Check. An aggressive takeover plan from corporate raider Carl Icahn? Check. A major channel management shakeup? Check. An overhaul of its Dell Direct accounts and partner sales strategy? Check. What a year it was for Michael Dell and company.