Dell (DELL) founder and CEO Michael Dell is reportedly near reaching an agreement that would see him take Dell private and leave him as its majority owner. The deal has been in the works for some time and according to multiple unnamed sources speaking with Reuters, it could be finalized over the weekend and announced on Monday. Earlier reports suggested Dell is working with private equity firm Silver Lake to finance the buyout, and as much as $3 billion could come from Microsoft (MSFT), pushing the world’s largest software company further into the Windows hardware business. Reuters was seemingly unable to confirm whether or not the “Dell Dude” will be brought back onboard as part of the deal.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.