Ross Perot, businessman and former presidential candidate, dead at 89

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Texas billionaire and two-time presidential candidate Ross Perot talk to members of the media before accepting the Command and General Staff College Foundation’s 2010 Distinguished Leadership Award Tuesday, April 20, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo.

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Ross Perot, the billionaire businessman who twice ran for president in the 1990s, has died at the age of 89.

The Dallas Morning News reports Perot died following a five-month battle with leukemia.

Born in Texas in 1930, Perot made his fortune by founding and running two technology companies, Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems.

He ran as an independent presidential candidate in the 1992 election and as a third party candidate in the 1996 election.

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