Ross Perot, the colorful Texas billionaire businessman who twice ran for president, died early Tuesday at his home in Dallas. Election experts and scholarly research, however, has challenged that theory: The New York Times found Perot's effect on the outcome of the election "appears to have been minimal", and The Washington Post reported Clinton would have still won by a large margin if Perot hadn't run.
He ran as independent presidential campaign in 1992 against George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, winning almost 20% of the popular vote. Perot did not fare almost as well in the 1996 election, when he only received 8 percent of the popular vote - less than half his total from 1992, although still a larger figure than any other third-party candidate earned in the subsequent 20 years.
Perot appeared in Richmond during a 1992 President Debate where he shared the stage with then President George Bush and future President Bill Clinton.
He founded the Reform Party in as part of his presidential campaign in 1996. General Motors ultimately bought a controlling interest in EDS for $2.4 billion. 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 eventually re-entered the race, but his reputation had suffered. Fortune called Perot the "fastest, richest Texan" in a 1968 cover story.
In 1984 Perot's foundation purchased a copy of the Magna Carta dating to 1297 for $1.5 million.
Wallace recalled that Perot was a self-made billionaire "when it meant something", before there were so many other billionaire moguls in the United States.
H Ross Perot was an American original.
But Perot went further than other politicians to use evening cable news as a venue to lay out his case (sound familiar yet?).
In 1988, Perot founded Perot Systems Corporation, Inc.in Plano, Texas.
"To do as well as we did was really remarkable", Perot counsel Clayton Mulford said.
Perot recruited retired U.S. Army Special Forces Col. Arthur "Bull" Simons to lead a commando raid on the prison.
The exploit was recounted in a book, "On Wings of Eagles", by Ken Follett, which became a best-seller.
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.
Perot, like Trump, also demanded in 1996 that American allies pay more for common defense around the world. One thing though, GM forgot to get a noncompete agreement from Perot. He was blunt and assertive and his success in business made him accustomed to getting his way.
Perot is survived by his wife and his five children, as well as numerous grandchildren and step-grandchildren.