According to Reuters, only 5.2 million shares are eligible to receive money through this new appraisal of Dell's value. They are essentially able to receive interest that began accruing after the deal closed.
The largest shareholder is Magnetar Capital, which has rights to about 3.8 million shares and could collect about $15 million, plus interest, according to the Wall Street Journal.
At the time the deal was struck in 2013, Dell Inc. and Silver Lake said the company was facing serious challenges in the PC market and urged investors to approve it.
It wasn't exactly an easy sell. Activist investor Carl Icahn had waged a months-long campaign against the buyout, criticizing the board and Michael Dell. But after Silver Lake and Dell Inc. sweetened the offer and changed the voting rules to ease the approval process, he dropped his opposition.
Several shareholders later sued, which is fairly customary in any large buyout deal. The shareholders argued that Dell was on the cusp of a turnaround, the Journal reported, and was worth more.
This story contains information from wire services.