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Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot, former presidential candidate, dies at 89

1 year 3 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 09 2019 Jul 9, 2019 July 09, 2019 9:36 AM July 09, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: KCRG

DALLAS (AP) - H. Ross Perot, the colorful, self-made Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died.

Family spokesman James Fuller says Perot died early Tuesday. He was 89.

Perot rose from Depression-era poverty to become one of the nation's richest men as the founder of computer services giant Electronic Data Systems Corp. In 1992, Perot jumped into the presidential campaign as an independent candidate, challenging President George H.W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton.

Perot drew nearly 19 percent of the vote, the biggest percentage for a third-party hopeful in 80 years. Republicans blamed him for Bush's defeat. He had founded EDS in 1962 and sold control of it to General Motors for $2.5 billion in 1984.

He later founded another company, Perot Systems.

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