5 Companies That Came To Win In 2013

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Michael Dell Wins Long Battle For Control Of His Company

It was a straightforward enough proposal from CEO Michael Dell: take the Dell company private in a $24.4 billion buyout.

But the plan, unveiled in early February, turned into a nearly yearlong fight with activist investor Carl Icahn and other opponents over the future of the company. Michael Dell makes our "Came to Win" list by tenaciously seeing the battle through, ultimately emerging victorious after sweetening the pot a bit to $24.9 billion.

Was it worth it? So far, Dell partners think so. Michael Dell promised that the buyout would create new opportunities for partners and in early December he made good on that vow by making sweeping changes to the vendor's channel program, including putting 200,000 direct accounts into the hands of the channel.

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