Ross Perot Dies After Five-Month Battle With Leukemia

Ross Perot

He garnered almost 19% of the vote, while the winners, Bill Clinton and Al Gore, took in just 43% and the losers, George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle, got just 37.5%. His folksy pitch gobbled up a staggering 19% of the vote in 1992 - a number unlikely ever be reached again by a third-party presidential candidate. The Texas native founded Electronic Data Systems (EDS) in 1962, a data processing firm that quickly grew and made its owner rich.

Independent presidential candidate and wealthy philanthropist Ross Perot has passed away at the age of 89, after a battle with leukemia. "In some ways, Ross Perot was a precursor to Donald Trump, but in the way that he built himself on television". His 1992 run marked one of the strongest showings for a third-party or independent candidate.

Following his second and final bid for the presidency, Perot served as president and CEO of Perot Systems Corporation, which he founded in 1988.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas to Ross Perot, a 1953 graduate of the US Naval Academy and lifelong veteran advocate who quietly improved countless lives by sponsoring USO shows, providing financial support to families of POWs and offering scholarships to children of the fallen", podcast "Zero Blog Thirty" tweeted.

Perot has left lasting effects on politics, business, and philanthropy.

"And Mr. Perot said, 'If I give you a million dollars a year for five years will you make it?' And I said, 'Mr".

Just four days before the 2000 election, Perot made an appearance on Larry King Live and endorsed George W. Bush for president, saying he was unhappy with what he had seen from the Reform Party.

His second run in 1996 was not as successful, though it cemented his legacy as a colorful and unique political figure. He was shut out of presidential debates when organizers said he lacked sufficient support.

Perot was born into a lower middle-class family in the small east Texas town of Texarkana, on the Arkansas border, in 1930.

EDS first sold stock to the public in 1968, and overnight, Perot was worth $350 million.

Two years after leaving EDS, Perot and his son Ross Perot, Jr., launched Perot Systems with the help former EDS specialists. Simons' men sneaked the executives out of the country and into Turkey. He vehemently opposed the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War and lobbied Congress to vote against the war resolution. He became involved in issues surrounding prisoners of war during the Nixon administration, he received a special award from the Department of Veterans Affairs in 2009, and in Texas, Perot led commissions on education reform and crime. Peake commented at the time that Perot's advocacy embodied "the very spirit of America". While Bill Gates and Perot told different versions of the story, there were definitely conversations about Perot purchasing the company.

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