Ross Perot Dies at 89

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Ross Perot Dies at 89

The billionaire and two-time presidential candidate died after a five-month battle with leukemia.

 

 

 

DALLAS - Billionaire and former presidential candidate H. Ross Perot is dead at the age of 89. 

Perot had been battling leukemia for the last five months, according to Metrosource.

He founded Electronic Data Systems Corporation in 1962 and Perot Systems Corporation in 1988. 

Perot ran as an independent candidate for president in 1992, winning 18.9% of the popular vote but no electoral votes. He ran for president again in 1996, founding the Reform Party as his campaign vehicle, and won 8.4% of the popular vote.

Perot did not seek public office again after 1996 and later endorsed Republicans George W. Bush and Mitt Romney.

According to Forbes, Perot was the 172nd richest person in the United States in 2018, with a net worth of $4.2 billion.

Former Pres. George W. Bush on the passing of Ross Perot:

"Texas and America have lost a strong patriot. Ross Perot epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit and the American creed."

 (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Sygma via Getty Images)

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