Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Ross Perot, Brash Texas Billionaire Who Ran for President, Dies at 89

Ross Perot, anti-establishment billionaire and the best-performing third-party presidential candidate in US, since Theodore Roosevelt ran in 1912, has died at the age of 89.

Perot, who won 19 percent of the vote in 1992’s presidential election, died at his Dallas home due to leukemia, his family told reporters on Tuesday.

Born in Texarkana, Texas, in 1930, Perot had a strange, colorful, and occasionally conspiratorial life (and billions made after founding Electronic Data Systems in 1962) that took him around the world — like Vietnam, where he attempted a humanitarian mission to fly food and medicine to American prisoners or war in 1969, and Iran, where he staged a commando raid to rescue two of his employees from prison in 1979.


But it was his presidential run in 1992, on which he spent $65 million of his own money, that made Perot famous.

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