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Computer mogul John Hui has his eye on another PC manufacturer

Lap-Shun Hui, better known simply as John Hui, has placed a $450M USD offer out on the retail division of Gateway PCs.  Hui, co-founder of eMachines and founder of KDS, has a bit of a name for himself in the PC industry with mega-takeovers and low-cost PC components.

Hui recently got his name in the papers after putting in an $87M USD bid out on the retail division of NEC.  However, it appears as though that deal had fallen through as Hui placed his $450M USD bid on the company in a letter dated August 3, 2006.  In another memo, dated August 21, 2006, Hui adds "I am very disappointed that Gateway has chosen not to constructively engage in discussions with me and my advisors on the proposal that I sent to you on Aug. 3. I believe that management and the board need to adopt a sense of urgency to address Gateway's problems."

eMachines sold for more than $30M cash and $235M stock in June of 2004 to Gateway, of which Hui received a fairly nice check.  With Hui's bid on the retail division of Gateway, things really will have come full circle has the majority of the reason Gateway continued to hold market share over the last two years has been directly due to the eMachines brand. 

Hui already holds nearly 5% of Gateway as part of a stock-swap he received during the eMachines acquisition.




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