Founder of Perry Homes who became a Republican political financier, donating millions to GOP presidential candidates.
He turned his summer job in construction into a self-run company, and he eventually grew Perry Homes into the United States' 35th-largest homebuilder.
He used his enormous fortune to bankroll the Swift Boat Veterans group that ran TV ads discrediting presidential candidate
He had four children with wife Doylene along with more than a dozen grandchildren.
He donated $7 million to Texas Republican governor Rick Perry's primary bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2011.