Ross Perot Dead at Age 89 Following Battle With Leukemia

Ross Perot: billionaire who ran for president dies aged 89

In 1992, he jumped into the presidential campaign as an independent, challenging the Republican president George HW Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton. A self-made billionaire with a penchant for plain-speaking in his clipped north Texas twang, he built a reputation as a savvy technology entrepreneur and spent a small fortune helping USA veterans and attempting to free American hostages overseas.

Just prior to the 1979 Iranian Revolution, the government of Iran imprisoned two EDS employees in a contract dispute.

Spending $63.5 million of his own money, Perot bought 30-minute television ads in which he employed large charts and graphs to make his point about the USA economy and trade issues. He used charts and graphs to make his points, summarizing them with a line that became a national catchphrase: "It's just that simple".

But Perot dropped out of the race in July only to re-emerge in the fall. His 1992 run marked one of the strongest showings for a third-party or independent candidate.

For his 1996 White House run, Perot started the Reform Party but captured little more than 8 percent of the popular vote, as well as causing a rift in the political movement he founded. Peake commented at the time that Perot's advocacy embodied "the very spirit of America". He loved the USA military and supported our service members and veterans. "Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Perot family as they celebrate a full life".

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At the Perot Systems headquarters he kept mementoes, including his childhood bicycle and a walking stick believed to have belonged to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

"Perot is survived by his wife, Margot; their five children and spouses, Ross Jr. and Sarah Perot; Nancy Perot and Rod Jones; Suzanne and Patrick K. McGee; Carolyn and Dr. Karl Rathjen; and Katherine and Eric Reeves; 16 grandchildren: Hill, Hunter, Sarah Catherine, Meredith, Ross, Price, Benjamin, Clayton, Patrick, William, Margot, Cameron, Henry, Bette, Kate and Stuart; and his sister, Bette Perot". He was given many honorary degrees and awards for business success and patriotism.

In his later years, Perot became a leading philanthropist, giving a $50 million gift in 2008 for construction of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.

"Mr. Perot was a true patriot and a dedicated humanitarian". He wanted for this city and state an educated, innovative workforce and saw the Perot Museum of Nature and Science as one expression of that.

H Ross Perot was an American original. He personified the American dream and will be sorely missed.

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