When Ross Perot passed away in July, over 1,300 people gathered in Dallas to mourn a man who embodied the American Dream. Born in 1930, the billionaire Texas tycoon may have been diminutive in stature, but he loomed large over the national political consciousness for decades due to his outspoken patriotism, philanthropy, and anti-war advocacy. Perhaps most famously, Perot fueled his spirited 1992 presidential campaign by invoking the populist values of Norman Rockwell’s America—and ended up receiving nearly 20 million votes.
During his life Perot founded two major tech companies, Electronic Data Systems and Perot Systems, the latter of which was acquired by Dell in 2009 for $3.9 billion. He also presided over the Perot Group, which encompasses the family office (Perot’s five children worked with him) and their investment operation, as well as various portfolio companies. (His only son, Ross Jr., also started Hillwood, a big-ticket real estate developer.) Totaling roughly 300 employees, these operations were for years scattered throughout north Texas.
But in 2014, Perot wanted to consolidate everyone into one headquarters and tapped Seattle architecture firm Mithun as well as local outfit BOKA Powell to devise a 170,000-square-foot structure on a six-acre parcel in the heart of Dallas. To decorate the three-story glass-and-limestone edifice, they enlisted one of the city’s leading interior designers, Emily Summers, who is lauded for her masterful ability to create distinctive spaces accented with blue-chip art.
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