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Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89

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techbeck    6,757

Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, renowned patriot and two-time independent candidate for U.S. president, has died after a five-month battle with leukemia.


He was 89.


The pioneer of the computer services industry, who founded Electronic Data Systems Corp. in 1962 and Perot Systems Corp. 26 years later, was just 5-foot-6, but his presence filled a room.


"Describe my father?" Ross Perot Jr., his only son and CEO of the Perot Group, asked rhetorically in an interview. "Obviously a great family man, wonderful father. But at the end of the day, he was a wonderful humanitarian.


"Every day he came to work trying to figure out how he could help somebody."



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DocM    16,344
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Travelled to Iran, prep for sending in a volunteer strike team to rescue EDS employees Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord from a prison in Tehran during the revolution. Successful.


Made into the #1 bestselling novel, and miniseries, "On the Wings of Eagles."

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xrobwx    780

One and only time I voted for an Independent in 1992. Godspeed Mr. Perot.

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