Colorful self-made billionaire H Ross Perot dies at 89

Former Presidential candidate Ross Perot dies at 89

His Texas twang, populist platform - he memorably railed against the North American Free Trade Agreement, warning of a "giant sucking sound" of American jobs to other countries if passed - and frequent TV appearances brought him wide recognition, and his 1992 campaign, in which he garnered almost 19 per cent of the vote and finished third behind Bill Clinton and incumbent President George H.W. Bush, remains one of the most successful third-party bids in American history.

Perot went on to form the Reform Party of the United States of America in 1995 and as a Reform Party candidate in 1996 against Republican Bob Dole and incumbent Bill Clinton. He had started out his career at IBM, before founding his own data processing company, Electronic Data Systems, which made him rich. Perot saw the episode of The Entrepreneurs, featuring Jobs.

A notorious producer of junk news and misinformation capitalized on the death of former presidential candidate Ross Perot in July 2019, publishing a report that the billionaire businessman had left orders to donate $100 million of his fortune to the re-election campaign of President Donald Trump.

No other independent or third-party candidate has won such a large slice of the vote since 1912, and he foretold the impact that strong, focused third-party campaigns could have on modern White House race. He bought 30-minute television spots during which he used charts and graphs to make his points, summarizing them with a line that became a national catch phrase: "It's just that simple".

While a TC student from 1947-1949, Perot also served as editor-in-chief of the yearbook, which he helped found.

In 2009, Perot sold a second computer services company, Perot Systems, to Michael Dell's firm and walked away with a reported $800 million from the $3.9 billion deal.

His 1992 independent presidential bid - the most successful third-party candidacy in eight decades - exposed fault lines in the U.S. political system that would some day result in electoral earthquakes. By 2000, Perot had mostly faded from the national political radar.

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Perot left behind his wife Margot, five children, and 16 grandchildren.

On Tuesday, one commentator called Perot "a stick of dynamite in the pond of U.S. politics".

Perot's 100 years in 89!

Presidential hopeful Henry Ross Perot speaks at a rally in Austin, Texas, in 1992. "Mr. Perot was a true patriot and a dedicated humanitarian". He was shut out of presidential debates when organizers said he lacked sufficient support. His son, Ross Perot, Jr. was asked to describe his father. Though some Republicans accused him of costing Bush the election, exit polls showed that he won nearly equal backing from disaffected supporters of the Democrats.

He ran again as an independent, in 1996, earning about 8 percent of the popular vote. His campaign became a cultural argument against Mexicans as much as it was an economic one for blue-collar Americans. Ross Perot epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit and the American creed.

"That is from Ross Perot", Sanders told the Times.

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