Chairman, The Perot Companies and Hillwood
A Dallas, Texas, native, Ross Perot Jr. serves as Chairman of The Perot Group, which manages the various Perot family interests that include real estate, oil and gas, and financial investments. Additionally, Mr. Perot is Chairman of Hillwood, a Texas-based, leading global real estate development company he founded in 1988.
Mr. Perot also is a founder of Perot Systems Corporation and served in various roles within the company including CEO, Chairman of the Board, and as a member of its Board of Directors. Perot Systems was acquired by Dell Inc. in 2009 at which time Mr. Perot joined the Dell Inc. Board of Directors where he served until 2013.
An aviation enthusiast, Mr. Perot completed the first helicopter flight around the world in less than 30 days in 1982 and served as a pilot in the United States Air Force for over eight years. Perot then served as chairman of the Air Force Memorial Foundation, leading the 14-year effort to build the United States Air Force Memorial in Washington, DC, honoring the men and women of the United States Air Force. The Memorial was dedicated to the nation in October 2006.
Mr. Perot is the recipient of numerous awards throughout his life and career including the Gold Medal Award for Extraordinary Service from President Ronald Reagan, the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship, and the Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service. He also was inducted into Junior Achievement's 2017 Dallas Business Hall of Fame, was named one of the Most Powerful Business Leaders in Dallas-Fort Worth as a member of the 'Dallas 500' by D Magazine, and was co-awarded, alongside his father, the inaugural Vision Award from the Urban Land Institute North Texas District Council. In 2020, he received the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from Southern Methodist University and was honored with the National Business Aviation Association’s highest honor, the Meritorious Service to Aviation Award.