H. Ross Perot, a billionaire businessman, philanthropist as well as former independent presidential candidate died at the age of 89.
After battling five-months with leukemia, Perot, who stood for the presidential candidate in the year 1992 as well as in 1996 died, said James Fuller, who is a representative for the Perot family. Perot is survived by his wife, Margot, his five children as well as 16 grandchildren.
Fuller also said in a statement, “In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action. A true American patriot and a man of rare vision, principle and deep compassion, he touched the lives of countless people through his unwavering support of the military and veterans and through his charitable endeavors,”
Henry Ross Perot was an American business magnate, billionaire, philanthropist, as well as a politician. He was also the founder and the chief executive officer of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He has also launched information technology services provider Perot Systems, which was then attained in the year 2009 by Dell for $3.9 billion.
In the year 1992, he ran an independent presidential campaign along with a third-party campaign in the year 1996, after which he established the Reform Party in the latter election. Both the campaigns were among the strongest presidential presentations by a third party or independent candidate as compared in the U.S. history.
Perot stood out from the political crowd for his quirks as much as his business authorizations and absence of experience in establishment politics. In a 1992 presidential debate, he said, “I don’t have any experience in running up a $4 trillion debt. I don’t have any experience in gridlock government, where nobody takes responsibility for anything and everybody blames everybody else,”
The shifting of U.S. jobs to Mexico produced a “giant sucking sound,” he notably said for the duration of the campaign.
Perot was a veteran and followed his service with a lifespan pledge to support the U.S. veterans, particularly for the duration of the Vietnam War. In the year 2009, he was also honored by then-Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake for his exceptional advocacy efforts.
Perot’s death led to an outburst of warmth from facts in the political world.
Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted that Perot was “a true patriot and steadfast support of our military.”
In a statement to NBC News, former President George W. Bush also said that “Texas and America have lost a strong patriot” in Perot.
Bush further added, “Ross Perot epitomized the entrepreneurial spirit and the American creed. He gave selflessly of his time and resources to help others in our community, across our country, and around the world. He loved the U.S. military and supported our service members and veterans. Most importantly, he loved his dear wife, children, and grandchildren. Laura and I send our heartfelt condolences to the entire Perot family as they celebrate a full life,”
Former Vice President Al Gore also stated that he “always had the utmost respect for Ross Perot, for his patriotism, love of country, and extraordinary commitment to our veterans. I send my deepest condolences to his family and to everyone who loved and admired him.”