Texas billionaire H. Ross Perot dies at 89

Politics

FILE – In this Oct. 15, 1992, file photo, President George H.W. Bush, left, talks with independent candidate Ross Perot as Democratic candidate Bill Clinton stands aside at the end of their second presidential debate in Richmond, Va. Perot, the Texas billionaire who twice ran for president, has died, a family spokesperson said Tuesday, July 9, 2019. He was 89. (AP Photo/Marcy Nighswander, File)

DALLAS (AP) — H. Ross Perot (pur-OH’), 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% 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.

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Latest Local News Video

Food Giveaway

Thumbnail for the video titled "Food Giveaway"

13NOW | Gov. DeSantis holds news conference in Orlando

Thumbnail for the video titled "13NOW | Gov. DeSantis holds news conference in Orlando"

Funeral escort for Charlie Daniels

Thumbnail for the video titled "Funeral escort for Charlie Daniels"

Funeral for Charlie Daniels to be held Friday

Thumbnail for the video titled "Funeral for Charlie Daniels to be held Friday"

Local leaders work out sheltering plan amid pandemic

Thumbnail for the video titled "Local  leaders work out sheltering plan amid pandemic"

13NOW | Meet the Candidate: Jeri Michie

Thumbnail for the video titled "13NOW | Meet the Candidate: Jeri Michie"
More Local News