Michael Dell, and his wife, Susan Dell, have committed $36 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Dell is a Houston native and a renowned tech billionaire as chairman and CEO of Dell Technologies. Dell Technologies is headquartered in Round Rock, near Austin.
This appears to be the biggest contribution by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to date. It follows a lengthy list of corporate donations to help the storm’s victims and aid with recovery. Floods from the hurricane not only affected Houston, but also Beaumont, Port Arthur, and other cities along the Louisiana border.
At its peak, Harvey was a Category 4 hurricane. It made landfall in Texas on August 25, causing many fatalities. The devastation from floods caused by Harvey had far-reaching effects, forcing many people to flee their homes in Tennessee, and spawning a tornado which spoiled homes and collapsed trees in a rural area of northwest Alabama.
On Friday, the Dells also announced the launch of the Rebuild Texas Fund, along with Texas Governor Greg Abbott.
They donated $18 million to establish the fund and aim to raise millions more over the Labor Day weekend from the public. For every two dollars given over the next four days via a text-to-donate campaign, the foundation will match it with an additional dollar.
“This disaster is personal to everyone who has roots in Texas,” Michael and Susan Dell said in a statement. “Both of us were born and raised in Texas, and the street Michael grew up on in Houston is under water now.”
Many other large U.S. companies have also made significant contributions to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. As of Thursday, around $113 million had been given, according to the most recent estimate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Figures shows that 52 companies had donated $1 million or more as of that time.
Amongst the large companies, Walmart donated up to $20 million in cash, products, and matching donations. Also, Verizon contributed $10 million.