Dell Technologies founder and CEO Michael Dell gave a shout-out to Amazon chairman and former CEO Jeff Bezos following Bezos’ successful venture into space this week.
Dell—who started his now-$94 billion PC and IT infrastructure market leading company in 1984 inside his college dorm room —sent his “respect” to Bezos on Twitter, referencing a 21-year-old interview of Bezos saying he wanted to explore space.
“If I could do anything, I would like to go help explore space,” said Bezos in an interview from 2000, the same year he founded his spaceflight and aerospace manufacturing company Blue Origin. “The picture I have is I would get into a rocket ship, go up into space and, you know, go check out a few things.”
Although Bezos said in the 2000 interview that it would “technically” be a difficult task to accomplish, he added, “Who knows what 20 years from now [holds], if there’s some significant changes in technology, maybe such things to make it easier.”
Blue Origin launched into space this week in the first crewed flight inside the rocket ship dubbed New Shepard. Bezos was joined by his brother Mark Bezos, space pioneer Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen. Blue Origin is looking to become a pioneer in space tourism.
This isn’t the first time Dell has given a shout-out to a fellow highly influential and powerful person. Just a few weeks ago, Dell thanked Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff for helping inspire Dell’s new UltraSharp Webcam to make videoconferencing clearer than ever before.
Michael Dell and Jeff Bezos are two of the richest and most influential people in the world.
Bezos is currently ranked No. 1 on Forbes’ real-time Richest People In The World list with a net worth of $206 billion. Dell ranks No. 25 on Forbes’ list with a net worth of $49 billion.
On July 5, 2021, Bezos officially stepped down as CEO of Amazon, handing over the reins to Amazon Web Services CEO Andy Jassy. Bezos will remain chairman of the board at Amazon.
Round Rock, Texas-based Dell Technologies is the worldwide leader in servers, storage and hyperconverged infrastructure, as well as a top global PC provider.
Coming off a record-breaking $94 billion sales year in fiscal year 2021, Dell recently reported revenue of $24.5 billion in its first fiscal quarter 2022, up 12 percent year over year. Net income for the quarter reached $887 million, up a whopping 520 percent from $143 million one year ago.
Dell’s stock is currently trading at around $95 per share as of Thursday morning.
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