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Dell founder pledges $36 million to rebuild Texas

(JTA) – Michael Dell, the Jewish founder and CEO of Dell Technologies, has pledged up to $36 million to rebuild Texas in the wake of the devastation caused by Tropical Storm Harvey. Dell announced the donation on Friday, Sept. 1 to the Rebulid Texas Fund, established by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. He grew up in Houston in a neighborhood that was hard hit by the tropical storm. “This disaster is personal to everyone who has roots in Texas. Both of us were born and raised in Texas, and the street Michael grew up on in Houston is under water now,” a statement issued by the foundation said. The goal of the fund is to raise money “for longer-term recovery and rebuilding of our communities, in addition to helping with immediate relief efforts,” according to the foundation. The Dell Foundation donation includes a matching campaign. The foundation launched the fund with $18 million and will match other donations up to another $18 million. Forbes estimates Dell’s net worth as of February 2017 at $20.8 billion. Dell’s ancestors Anglicized the family’s original Yiddish name, Thal, when they immigrated to the United States.

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