Wednesday, 23 October, 2019

US Billionaire, ex-Presidential Candidate Ross Perot Dies at 89

Ross Perot gives his closing remarks Sunday Aug. 13 1995 at the close of the weekend United We Stand America National Conference in Dallas. Perot referred to the presidency as a Ross Perot Billionaire and Former Presidential Candidate Dead at 89 7,034AP
Steven Clarke | 11 July, 2019, 10:35

Henry Ross Perot, the American billionaire, politician and twice an ingenious Presidential contender in the 90s, dies at 89.

The trailblazing Texas tycoon, technology pioneer and philanthropist died at his Dallas home, after what the Dallas Morning News described as a five-month battle with leukemia.

Perot's strong showing, also fueled by his clarion call to slash government deficits, helped seal Democrat Bill Clinton's victory over incumbent George H.W. Bush. But Perot never recovered: He received almost 19 percent of the vote but not a single Electoral College vote in 1992.

Perot leaped into the 1992 presidential race as an independent and quickly found a lode of Americans turned off by the Republican and Democratic parties.

Disenchanted that his bosses did not like his ideas, Perot started his own company, Electronic Data Systems Inc in Dallas, a move that would make him a billionaire by age 38 by handling data processing for customers such as the Medicare system, Nasa and other government entities.

He talked about building a company, and that he did, first at EDS and then again at Perot Systems, attracting talented people like Morton Meyerson, Tom Walter, Bill Gayden, Les Alberthal, Jeff Heller and Davis Hamlin.

Twitter also responded in kind, praising Perot's business acumen, political legacy, and his entrance into mainstream pop culture.

"That is from Ross Perot", Mr. Sanders said.

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Undeclared candidate for President of the United States Ross Perot holds a press conference in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, on June 24, 1992.

"Ross was a man of integrity and action, " read a statement from a family spokesman.

Family: Ross Perot was married to wife Margot for more than 60 years. In his 89 years on earth, he lived the American dream to the fullest.

Many tributes raised parallels between Perot and Trump, with some calling the maverick businessman who upended traditional politics 'the father of Trump'. Perot had firsthand knowledge of how inefficiently IBM's customers were using their system, so he set out to change that.

Although he had never held public office, by the early 1990s, Perot, sensing an opportunity for an outsider campaign with an anti-Washington message, was openly talking about a presidential run.

Perot received a special award from the VA in 2009 for his support of veterans and the military.

The family asked that memorial contributions to be made to one of Perot's favorite charities: The Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, the Salvation Army DFW, the North Texas Food Bank, the Visiting Nurse Association of Texas and Teach for America.

"Ross Perot was a visionary and epitomized entrepreneurship in the tech world".

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