Ross Perot crusaded against the deficit and was an early opponent of NAFTA, says "Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace. He was blunt and assertive and his success in business made him accustomed to getting his way. In 1979, when two EDS employees were taken hostage during a revolution in Iran, he organized and paid for a successful private mission to rescue the men and bring them home.
His outsider campaign, much of it financed by his own money, featured 30-minute television "infomercials".
In 1992, Perot jumped into the presidential campaign as an independent candidate, challenging President George H.W. Bush and Democrat Bill Clinton.
Within three months, Perot and his supporters had put him on the ballot in all 50 states. Perot was the last third-party candidate to garner more than 5 percent of the national vote. "The movement of U.S.jobs to Mexico, he said, created a "giant sucking sound". As the 1996 election approached, he founded the Reform Party, which would attract other notable political candidates including Pat Buchanan, Ralph Nader, and Jesse Ventura.
Perot graduated from the Naval Academy in 1953 and spent four years at sea.
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As a boy in Texarkana, Texas, Perot delivered newspapers from the back of a pony.
Perot's first civilian job was a salesman for IBM. In 1962 he met his yearly sales quota by January 19.
A billionaire by his mid-50s after he sold a controlling interest in the data processing business he founded, Electronic Data Systems Corporation, to General Motors for $2.5 billion, Perot mounted one of the most successful third-party presidential candidacies in United States history in 1992. General Motors ultimately bought a controlling interest in EDS for $2.4 billion.
In 1974 Perot gained some press attention for being "the biggest individual loser ever on the New York Stock Exchange" when his EDS shares dropped $450 million in value in a single day in April 1970. In 1962, he started his own data processing company that grew into a venture that at one time employed tens of thousands of people. He took time off from the company for his political forays but when he returned to it in 1998 he saw the company's profits almost quadruple and long-term debt slashed by about half. His son Ross Perot Jr. took over as CEO and the company was acquired by Dell Corp.in 2009 for $3.9 billion.
Perot said he liked to hire military veterans, especially those with combat experience, due to their leadership ability and ability to deal with pressure. Throughout his lifetime, Perot championed the cause of American military service members and prisoners of war.
At the Perot Systems headquarters he kept mementoes, including his childhood bicycle and a walking stick believed to have belonged to al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.