TEXAS – It has been confirmed that businessman, independent presidential candidate, and billionaire Ross Perot has died after a five-month battle with leukemia on Tuesday, July 9th.
James Fuller, the Perot family representative provided a statement, “In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action. A true American patriot and a man of rare vision, principle and deep compassion, he touched the lives of countless people through his unwavering support of the military and veterans and through his charitable endeavors.”
Perot is survived by his wife, Margot, his five children, and sixteen grandchildren. He was an early entrepreneur in the tech market, starting his career in sales with IBM. Perot founded his first company, Electronic Data Systems, in 1962, with just $1,000 in savings, two decades later he launched information technology services provider Perot Systems, in 2009 it was acquired by Dell for $3.9 billion.
Perot ran for president in both 1992 and 1996. He won almost 19% of the vote in the 1992 presidential race.