Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89

Ross Perot founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later, was just 5-foot-6, but his presence filled a room.

Ross Perot angrily defends his accounts of alleged Republican dirty tricks aimed at sabotaging his presidential campaign during a news briefing at his campaign headquarters on Monday, Oct. 26, 1992 in Dallas. Image: David J. Phillip/Associated Press

 

Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia. He was 89.

The pioneer of the computer services industry, who founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later, was just 5-foot-6, but his presence filled a room.

Perot was diagnosed with leukemia in February. A massive secondary infection the next month nearly killed him, according to the family.

In true Perot fashion, he fought back, showing up at the office most days in his dark suit with the omnipresent American flag on his lapel.

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