Ross Perot, the self made billionaire and American Patriot that ran not once, but twice as a independent candidate for President of The United States has died at the age of 89 after a reported five month long battle with Leukemia.
Perot, a family man, was the leading pioneer of a computer services company called “Electronic Data Systems Corp.” in 1962. He also founded a second company, “Perot Systems Corp.” 26 years later.
He was diagnosed with Leukemia in February and family members had reportedly stated that he suffered a “secondary infection” just one month later from which he almost died from.
The son of a large, burly man who was a cotton trader, and his mother, a small petite lady whom was described as a sweet, warm and wonderful person, Ross stood only 5′ 6″ but had a large presence when he entered the room.
Described as being tough, smart and practical and loved to negotiate, but still possessed a warm and kind heart.
Perot became a billionaire in 1984 when one of his companies was purchased by General Motors for a mere $2.6 billion.
He was also a collector, dealing in artifacts, paintings and many other kinds of memorabilia items throughout the years. It was said that if he was having a slow day, he’d sell something just to be sure it wasn’t a wasted day.
In the end, Ross was a father, husband, successful business man and an American Patriot. You may say that sounds clicheis, but you know what? I say that’s not too bad at all.