Ross Perot, a billionaire, philanthropist and two-time independent US presidential candidate, died on Tuesday, July 9 at the age of 89.

Reports said Perot was suffering from leukaemia and was diagnosed with the illness in February. Coming from Depression-era poverty, Ross Petrot rose to be one of the richest people in America.

He is the founder and former executive officer of Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems. He ran as a presidential candidate in 1992 and 1996.

In 1992, he ran against eventual winner Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican George HW Bush.

In the 1992 election, he won 19% of the American vote, the largest for any third candidate after the Democrats and the Republicans in 80 years.

In 1996, Perot ran again against US President Bill Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole.

Perot founded Electronic Data Systems in 1962 and sold the company for $2.6 billion to General Motors in 1984. In 1988, he founded Perot Systems.

James Fuller, who is a representative for the Perot family, said Perot was fighting a battle with leukaemia throughout the last 5 months. He said in a statement, that Ross was a man of action and integrity. He is a man of deep compassion, principle and rare vision.

Perot has five children and 16 grandchildren. He was one of the early tech entrepreneurs in America, who founded his company Electronics Data Systems with $1000.

Former US president George W. Bush said that Texas and America have lost a strong patriot today.

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