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Richard Schulze  (Source: nypost.com)
Schulze has been mulling over several options including going private and selling his 20 percent stake in the company

Best Buy has been in hot water for awhile now due to its inability to compete with Internet retailers, and the company's founder is looking to take Best Buy private with the help of former executives. 
 
Richard Schulze, founder of Best Buy, is currently looking to bring former Best Buy executives onboard to help him take the company private. He hasn't reached any agreements with anyone so far, but he is in talks with two people in particular: former Chief Executive Officer Brad Anderson and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Capabilities J.D. Wilson, whose position is being eliminated. 
 
Schulze has been considering taking the company private after stepping down as chairman of the board back in June. Schulze resigned after an internal investigation discovered that he had withheld information about former CEO Brian Dunn's relationship with a female employee from the board. 
 
Ever since, Schulze has been mulling over several options including going private and selling his 20 percent stake in the company. 
 
However, analysts say going private won't be so easy. About $1-$2 billion would need to be raised from a private-equity firm and another $7-$8 billion in debt would need to be raised. It would be difficult to get investors to sell when a takeover would cost about $30 per share, giving it a value of $11 billion.
 
Best Buy has has problems ever since Internet retailers like Amazon hit the scene, offering cheaper prices for the same items and low shipping costs. Amazon, at the time, wasn't collecting taxes in very many states either (however, the company recently agreed to collect sales tax in more states in exchange for more distribution centers -- ultimately allowing same-day shipping rates for customers, which could potentially hurt Best Buy even more). 
 
Best Buy was forced to close 50 of its stores back in March/April. With store closings came lay-offs of 400 corporate and support jobs at that time, and then another 2,400 jobs were axed earlier this month. Things aren't looking so hot for the brick-and-mortar retailer, and Schulze is looking to act fast. 
 

Sources: The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg





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