Billionaire, two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot dies at 89


Perot had been suffering from leukemia.

After high school, Perot attended Texarkana Junior College and then entered the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949.

In 1992 and 1996, Perot mobilized over five million voters to get him on the ballot and was the most successful third party presidential candidate in United States history. He even reportedly embraced conspiracy theories at times and had allegedly forced his employees to take lie detector tests.

During a presidential debate in the 1992 race opposite George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Perot scored a major laugh line with a nod to his appearance.

Perot ran for president, twice, the first time upending the two-party system, and being blamed by Republicans for letting Bill Clinton into the White House.

In the public sphere, Perot worked to support families of prisoners of war in Vietnam, energetically pursuing the controversial claim that thousands of PoWs were left in the country after the end of the war. Perot had firsthand knowledge of how inefficiently IBM's customers were using their system, so he set out to change that.

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"In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action", spokesman James Fuller said in a statement. "How many CEOs would do that today?" It was Perot's insistence on recruiting top level talent. A few days later, the EDS executives walked free after the shah's regime fell and mobs stormed the prison. This was later made into a book, authored by best-selling novelist Ken Follett, called "On Wings of Eagles".

In later years, Perot pushed the Veterans Affairs Department to study neurological causes of Gulf War syndrome, reported by many soldiers who served in the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

In Texas, Perot led commissions on education reform and crime. He was awarded with many honorary degrees for his business success and patriotism, according to reports. In later years, Perot endorsed Republican candidates including George W. Bush and Mitt Romney. He loved the USA military and supported our service members and veterans. "Perot had to do it by buying television time and doing these long infomercials about these economic plans, but it opened the doors for people who were well-known, wealthy, on TV to have careers in politics".

Billionaire, philanthropist and former presidential candidate Ross Perot has died, CBS News has confirmed.

Above all, he and his closest advisers sensed that popular disgust with the entire political establishment and both parties, and increasing social desperation among sections of the working class and lower middle class, opened the way for a campaign that, while in some ways built on the slogans of Perot, went much further in the direction of fascism.

In recent years, Perot Sr.'s memory was dimming, but he and Margot, his wife of more than 60 years, maintained a steady social calendar.