Billionaire, two-time independent candidate for U.S. president Ross Perot dead at 89
Written by KFAT on July 16, 2019
Dallas, TX, United States (4E) – Self-made billionaire and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president Ross Perot has died at age 89, according to reports.
Perot had a five-month battle with leukemia that eventually took the life of the successful businessman and larger-than-life personality.
Perot had two third-party runs for president, in 1992 and 1996, piling up 19 percent of the vote in the initial run that some pundits argued gave the win to Democrat Bill Clinton over Republican George HW Bush by splitting the vote.
Known for his economic charts and infomercials, Perot procured less than half that support in his second White House run and shied away from politics and the media for the remainder of his life.
Perot was considered by many to be a brilliant man who loved his country and Margot, his wife of over 60 years,
One of the wealthiest 500 people in the world as of July, according to Forbes, Perot was honored with the Winston Churchill Award in 1986 for epitomizing the spirit of Britain’s most famous statesman.
Prince Charles bestowed the honor on Perot for working on behalf of American POWs in Vietnam in the 1960s and for his efforts in rescuing two of his own employees from an Iranian prison in 1979.
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