Former US presidential candidate Ross Perot dies

H. Ross Perot, a Texas billionaire who ran for the US presidency twice, has died according a family spokesman.

He died early on Tuesday morning, at the age of 89.

The statement said: “Ross Perot, the ground-breaking businessman and loving husband, brother, father and grandfather, passed away early Tuesday at his home in Dallas, surrounded by his devoted family.”

Mr Perot rose from poverty to become one of the US’ richest men and founded the computer services giant Electronic Data Systems Corp in 1962.

He sold the business to General Motors in 1984 for $2.5bn (£2bn), and went on to found Perot Systems.

In 1992, he ran for president as an independent candidate against George HW Bush and Bill Clinton.

He drew 19% of the vote, and was blamed by the Republicans for Mr Bush’s defeat.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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