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Ross Perot the Texas Billionaire Dies at 89

Texas self-made billionaire, H. Ross Perot died today at the age of 89. He ran twice for president against George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton as an Independent candidate. He received 19 percent of the vote, which was the most an Independent has ever received within a hundred years. Perot passed away early Tuesday morning surrounded by his loving family inside his home in Dallas, Texas.

H. Ross Perot came up from poverty during the Great Depression Era and was born in 1930 and grew up in Texarkana, Texas. Recently, Perot had his 89th Birthday on June 27. He started working from a young age delivering newspapers while riding his pony. When the newspaper tried to dock his pay, he did not play around. He went straight to the publisher, stated his case, and won. From that day forward, every time he had an issue, he went straight to the top of the chain of command.

Perot joined the U.S. Naval Academy, and from there, he began working with IBM in 1955, where he rose to the top salesman.

Later in life, in 1962, he became a billionaire by establishing Electronic Data Systems Corp. It was a company which helped other businesses manage their computer systems. The company was not a huge hit at first. It was not until Medicaid and Medicare started with the government in the middle part of the 1960s. The states needed help to get their programs started, and Perot had the solutions. EDS won all the contracts beginning in Texas.

Sales were not what made Perot famous. In 1979, he furnished the funds for a private raid which freed two EDS employees who were held prisoners in Iran. One of the men imprisoned, Paul Chiapparone, told reporters, “Ross came to the prison one day and said, ‘We’re going to get you out.’ How many CEOs would do that today?” The story became a book which was published and later turned into a movie.

In the 1980s, Perot angered the Regan administration by telling everyone about how the U.S. Government left behind its soldiers at the end of the Vietnam War who were imprisoned or missing in action. He went private with Vietnamese officials before the U.S. Government formally addressed the issue with the Vietnamese government.

Perot’s fame skyrocketed in the 1992 campaign against Bill Clinton and President George H.W. Bush. Many Republicans blamed Perot for George H.W. Bush losing as President Bill Clinton won the election.

Throughout his campaign, Perot used his own money to furnish TV spots which lasted for 30 minutes. His campaign costed a total of $63.5 million, and he did not use any other funds other than his own pocketbook. Perot had a famous catchphrase which became widely popular, “It’s just that simple.” Graphs and charts were used where ever he went to get his point across, and another famous phrase became, “Let me show you a chart.”

Four years later, Perot ran for the Presidential spot again but did not do well. He only earned eight percent of the votes after starting the Reform Party. Perot hoped it would become huge, but after he ran for the second time, the party fell apart.

Ross Perot kept his ideas public as he started up a webpage with the national debt rising. Charts were used for explanation, and he wrote a blog on federal spending. He blamed Republicans and Democrats alike for the high deficit and sending American jobs to Mexico. He called it, “a giant sucking ground.”

Many people do not know this or remember this, but President Trump and Ross Perot were very close friends. President Trump ran under Perot’s political party the Reform Party for president in 1999. It was President Trump’s first taste of political campaigning, but it just was not his time yet to become President of the United States. President Trump helped form the party in 1995 between him, Jesse Ventura, and Ross Perot.

Ross Perot helped veterans and received an award in 2009 from the VA for the support he gave throughout his life. He took a lot of heat after the Gulf War in the early 1990s when he funded the research for the neurological causes of the Gulf War Syndrome. Officials claimed it was just stress, but he knew better.

In an interview concerning the 2016 election, he told the announcer after he put down Hillary Clinton, “I hope the American people will wake up.”

Comments (21)

  1. Perot would have been a great President, Its too bad Globalist Bush took away crucial votes from him to get elected.And as a result we got Slick Willie and Crooked Hillary. May He Rest in Peace.

  2. I liked how Ross Perot characterized the Democrat and Republican party as a ” giant sucking ground.” His only drawback was he lacked the personality to win as president. Just like all of the Democratic candidates running today. That debate was a sleeper.

  3. The original no nonsense businessman presidential candidate that Washington insiders (career political attorneys) were deathly afraid of. Wish America was more woke to where this gov’t was headed back then…

  4. I’m GLAD that the American people…at least, the ones who voted for Trump in 2016…have finally awakened! And hopefully, we will maintain our eyes wide open and be ever vigilant to spot the liars and leakers in the government. Thank you, Mr. Perot!

  5. I AM PLEASED WITH APPARENT EFFORTS OF PRESIDENT TRUMP TO HELP VETERANS, AND IS CARRYING ON WHAT ROSS PEROT STARTED FOR VETERANS.

  6. Mr. Perot….I was for you in 1992 and wonder how this country would be now if you won the election….you and president Trump have a lot in common….besides faith and work ethic and right from wrong….may you rest in peace….faithful servant….juliet

  7. Roos Perot great man He was President we not lost all the Factory’s but now thank to President Tromp we getting back.

  8. Ross. Perot was ahead of his time, paving the way for Donald Trump. He also supported John McCains family, while McCain was a POW, and paid all the medical bills for McCains wife Carol after a terrible accident. McCaiin and Perot has a major falling out after he left his wife Carol for Cindy. Perot was also a thorn in McCains side when he publicized the fact that we left men behind in Vietnam Nam. Perot was a true American Hero!! Rest In Peace Ross Perot, you are a true hero!

  9. This is interesting. Of course it will not be mentioned by the Media as it is a good
    story. The Media only publishes “Big Bad John” stories about our President
    Trump. In my opinion, Ross Perot would never considered Clinton or Clinton as friends – but –
    if the Media could drum up a connection with either of the Clintons it would
    make headlines in the sky. TRUMP 2020

  10. GREAT article…………..thank you.

  11. The Clintons had an insider who choose to leave their employ after the Clintons stole the Lincoln bedroom furniture upon leaving office. His name was Terry. He claimed Ross Perot and Bill talked everyday during the Presidencial race. At one point in the summer Polls showed Perot having a 60% majority. He promptly pulled out of the race. He was only supposed to split the Republican party, not win the election. He got back into the race in late September. People were a little leary of throwing their support behind him again. The 19% split the vote allowing Clinton to win with less than half of the votes, something like 42%.

  12. people also don’t know that Mr. Perot chartered a jet to try and get medical supplies to our POWs held in North Vietnam in the early 70s. He flew into Vientianne Laos to visit the North Vietnam embassy to get permission to fly the medical supplies into Hanoi. He was refused. I personally met the gentleman at the airport. He was a wonderful and dedicated man.

  13. a great man we,ll miss him

  14. My son worked For Mr Perot in Plano TX and spoke very fondly about him; I know many sort employment at his company

  15. This country would be so much better today if Ross Perot had won the election for President. I am so thankful that President Trump won the
    election in 2016 and pray that the American people open their eyes and
    let him do what needs to be done. I voted for Ross Perot and also voted
    for Donald Trump.

  16. This was an excellent article about Ross Perot. God bless him for all the good he did. He would have made a great President.

  17. We all know by now that some in your congress are being blackmailed by the CIA to vote in ways that will do great damage to this nation such as to make sure no border wall will be made,. John Mcain for example was paid 750 K Dollars a year by this group to push for more money to defense industries. All this info has been given by an CIA retired officer of 30 years experience and there is a lot more on YOU -TUBE!

  18. One of this country’s finest Patriots!

  19. A truly great American. Rest in Peace.

  20. I had the honor and privilege of writing some articles about Ross Perot which found favor with him and wound up working on his campaign and even being editor of the Eagle for a time.
    Unfortunately, he did not find a suitable running mate!

  21. Ross Perot was unpretentious; a no BS, straight forward thinker and problem solver. He epitomized what Texans describe as a “Straight Shooter”!

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