11 things that might surprise you about Ross Perot

Perot died Tuesday at age 89

Former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).
Former U.S. presidential candidate Ross Perot (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images). (Getty Images)

A businessman, a self-made billionaire, a philanthropist and a former third-party presidential candidate: Ross Perot was many things.

Perot died Tuesday at the age of 89.

If you're old enough -- and that likely just means in your 30s! -- you probably remember him best from his presidential runs in the 1992 and 1996 elections -- and the fact that his ears stuck out, which you can still likely picture as a caricature in the newspaper. He was colorful. You might even be able to replay his quirky voice in your head.

Here are 11 way more impressive things you might not have known about Perot.


1.) He was born Henry Ray Perot, and at the age of 12, legally changed his name to Henry Ross Perot. He went by Ross, like his father and late brother Gabriel Ross Perot Jr.

2.) He didn’t come from much, and grew up during the Great Depression. But he started working at age 7, doing odd jobs such as delivering newspapers and selling Christmas cards, garden seeds and magazines.

3.) It was a $1,000 loan from Perot’s wife that helped him launch Electronic Data Systems Corp., a data processing business in Dallas. (Good investment, Mrs. Perot!)


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