Ross Perot, billionaire business magnate and former presidential candidate, dies at 89
by Elisha Fieldstadt
Ross Perot, a billionaire business magnate who twice ran as a third-party candidate for president, has died after a battle with leukemia.
He was 89.
The self-made billionaire died at his home in Dallas on Tuesday "surrounded by his devoted family," a statement from the family said.
"In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action," the statement said. "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."
"Ross Perot will be deeply missed by all who loved him. He lived a long and honorable life," it said.
That philosophy led him to two presidential campaigns, in 1992 and 1996, as a third-party candidate.
In the 1992 run against George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton, he won 19.7 million votes, almost 20 percent of the popular vote. It was among the best showings by an independent presidential candidate in the 20th century...