Bob Perry built a homebulding company, Perry Homes, from the ground up.
He was also a major patron of the Republican Party. Between 2000 and 2010, he gave $66 million to various candidates (mostly Republican) and political action committees. He continued to make donations in 2011 and 2012, including large contributions to pro-Mitt Romney political action committees.
Admirers took to Twitter this evening to pay their respects.
Rest in peace, Mr. Perry.