Before running for president, Ross Perot grew up in Texas as the son of a cotton broker and part-time horse trader. He quit his job as an IBM salesman when they wouldn't give him more computers to sell after he met his quota early in the year, and went on to found Electronic Data Systems in 1962. He made $1.5B after selling the company to GM in 1984. He also invested in Steve Job's NEXT computer company in 1986, then launched Perot Systems and sold it to Dell for $3.9B in 2009.
His son is the chairman of the Perot Cos, and is the leading real estate developer in Texas. The Perot family has a museum called the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, which has a new species of dinosaur named after the family.