Perry has given $18.3 million to aid the Romney campaign and allied causes so far this election season. His most recent donation was $1 million to Rove's super PAC in October. Long active in Texas and national GOP politics, Perry has donated a total of $10.7 million to Restore Our Future and $7.5 million to American Crossroads. Before backing Romney this year, Perry gave $100,000 to the super PAC backing Texas Gov. Rick Perry (no relation). Bob Perry has been a fixture of GOP fundraising in Texas and nationally dating back to former President George W. Bush's Texas gubernatorial races in the mid-1990s. Perry was a top Bush presidential "bundler" and also gave big to the Swift Vets and POWs for Truth campaign in 2004, donating $4.4 million to the effort to discredit Kerry.
Bobby Jack Perry was born on Oct. 30, 1932. His Web site says that he grew up in a small farmhouse in rural Bosque County, Texas, northwest of Waco, in a stretch of land known as the Blackstump Valley.
His father, W. C. Perry, rose from principal of an elementary school to become the dean of students at Baylor University in Waco. Bob Perry later earned a degree in history from Baylor. He taught high school and coached football for a decade after college, working construction on the side. In 1968 he formed Perry Homes after moving to Houston. The company told Builder magazine that it generated $485 million in revenue in 2012.
Mr. Perry’s survivors include his wife, Doylene, four children and several grandchildren.more » « less