H. Ross Perot, the feisty Texas technology billionaire who rattled USA politics with two independent presidential campaigns in the 1990s that struck a chord with disgruntled voters, died on Tuesday at the age of 89, his family said.
In March, as Perot battled leukemia, in the last documented political act of his life, he wrote two checks for the legal maximum amount to Trump's campaign for president, including for the general election next year.
Henry Ross Perot was born to Gabriel Ross and Lula May Perot in 27th June 1930, in Texarkana, Texas.
The Perot family collectively owns almost $59 million worth of residential property in the Dallas area. He boosted various conspiracy theories alleging that, a decade after the end of the war, hundreds of U.S. soldiers were still being held in Vietnam against their will.
In 1969, the Defense Department recognized Perot for his work getting aide to POWs in Vietnam.
His second campaign in 1996 was less successful.
However, Anderson said the fallout from Perot winning a fifth of the vote in the 1992 election came at a cost for multi-party debates.
After their release in 1973, some prisoners said conditions in the camps had improved after the missions.
Perot, at least for a moment, looked like he might win. "In business and in life, Ross was a man of integrity and action", the statement read. It was Perot's insistence on recruiting top level talent. Simons' men sneaked the executives out of the country and into Turkey. The resulting rescue was retold in a book by Ken Follett, which became a 1986 mini-series called On Wings of Eagles. He scoffed at officials who blamed the illnesses on stress - "as if they are wimps" - and paid for additional research.
He would eventually be honored for this activism, receiving an award from then-Secretary of Veteran Affairs James Peake in 2009. He was involved in educational reform in Texas and bought from Britain a 13th-century copy of Magna Carta which is now in the national archives in Washington. He was given many honorary degrees and awards for business success and patriotism. While he's often credited with helping deliver the presidency to Clinton after 12 years of Republican rule under Bush and Ronald Reagan, The New York Times reports his candidacy didn't appeal to Republicans alone. "But at the end of the day, he was a wonderful humanitarian", his son, Ross Perot Jr., said. He loved the US military and supported our service members and veterans. He is survived by five children.
And Perot's help will continue to boost Trump going forward.
In recent years, Perot Sr.'s memory was dimming, but he and Margot, his wife of more than 60 years, maintained a steady social calendar. "After a long meeting, Mr. Perot told me that if I could raise $1.5 million, he would give the remaining $500,000".