We live in a day and age where people love sharing every moment of their lives on the internet. As social media platforms and technology evolve with location tracking, we all seem to be getting more transparent. This is how billionaire Michael Dell’s daughter Alexa Dell first entered into the spotlight. About two years ago, a photo of her brother Zachary fine-dining in a jet appeared on her instagram account, which quickly got on the infamous Tumblr site “Rich Kids of Instagram.” Recently, she has reappeared in the press when Valleywag reported that she is now dating Tinder founder Sean Rad.
While most people like to report on the lives of successful people, we like to take different angle at NextShark. No matter how people want to judge, Alexa is still the daughter of one of the most successful people of our time. There are things to be learned here.
We recently had the pleasure of catching up with Alexa Dell via email. Here, we discuss the challenges she faced growing up, the lessons she’s learned from her father, and whether she’d ever want to take over Dell in the future.
A typical belief is that those with successful parents have a really easy life, but that is not always the case. What have been some challenges that you’ve faced growing up?
“I truly believe in all challenges being relative. As most kids have experienced, I’ve had friends in the past who weren’t always what they appeared to be. It really sucked at the time, but now I’m grateful to have experienced what I have. It’s helped shape my ability to judge character and because of that I’ve been able to surround myself with more positive people in life.”
Can you share some important lessons your father has taught you in life or business?
“One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from my dad is that no matter how successful you are, success means nothing unless it’s shared. I really admire him and my mom for all the work they’ve done through the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, and I’m so appreciative to have grown up with this mentality.”
What do you like to do for fun?
“I love going for a hike with one or two close friends. There are so many trails in LA, and if they’re dog friendly I’ll bring along my French bulldog Colette! If I have a long weekend, I’ll definitely be traveling! I love experiencing new cultures and am inspired by all corners of the world.”
Are you a PC or Mac user?
“What do you think? :)”
Who are some people that you look up to as role models? Did you have any other mentors aside from your parents?
“Gilbert Tuhabonye, my close friend and running coach, survived genocide during the Burundian Civil War and he is a living example of what perseverance and determination looks like to me. He taught me a chant he used to sing in Burundi that translates to “the lion is coming” and it’s always stuck with me whenever I feel I need to get through something particularly challenging.”
“My boyfriend Sean Rad also inspires me everyday to be the best version of myself and I look up to him in almost all aspects of my life. He is an phenomenal leader and an invaluable source of innovation and creativity to the Tinder team and everyone who he mentors. He is a loyal and authentic friend to so many people, all while being the most incredible partner a girl could ask for.”
Hypothetically speaking, if the option was open, would taking over the family business in the future be something you’d be interested in?
“I think my dad is doing a wonderful job right now, but if there is anyway I could add value in the future I’d be happy to contribute.”
As of now, what is your dream career? Do you have any desire to go to the entrepreneurial route like your father?
“I think the word entrepreneur is overused and I consider it more of a mindset than a profession. I’ve been working on a project recently that leverages my interest in creating efficiency in marketplaces and I’m looking forward to sharing it soon!”