US billionaire, Ross Perot who ran for president as an independent candidate has died

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US billionaire Ross Perot, who once ran for president as an independent candidate has died at the age of 89.

Often described as idiosyncratic and feisty, he pioneered the computer data industry by founding his own company in 1962. But he was best known for running in the 1992 campaign, advocating balanced budgets and calling for an end to the outsourcing of jobs abroad.  

Democrat Bill Clinton won the three-way race, in which Perot took almost 19% of the vote. Perot ran for president again in 1996, after forming the Reform Party.

He was diagnosed with leukaemia earlier this year. “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,” the Perot family said in a statement.

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