The Man Behind the Largest Jailbreak in History

Ross Perot

In 1979, four of Perot's executives were taken captive by the Ayatollah Khomeini, while doing business in Iran

The man behind the largest jailbreak in history is not who you might think. The year is 1962, an unsuccessful IBM computer salesmen walks out of his current job, with only $1000 to his name and founds Electronic Data Systems (EDS).

Largest Jailbreak

Perot and Col. Bull Simons - after the successful mission to get EDS employees of out Iran.

That man was Ross Perot. Perot implemented a militaristic management style and discipline to his company. Uniforms were worn, and no time was wasted, which soon lead EDS to become one of the most successful companies in the US, making Perot a billionaire.

In 1979, four EDS executives were taken captive by the Ayatollah Khomeini, while doing business in Iran, during the Iranian Cultural Revolution.

Perot, upon hearing the news of his employee’s capture, organized a small team which included former Army Colonel Bull Simons, who had retired seven years prior, and deployed the team to Iran. Unable to access the prison themselves, the team incited the mob to storm the Iranian prison, which resulted in 13,000 political prisoners escaping, along with Perot’s four employees, who sprinted across the Turkish border.

Good Job: When valued employees left his company (EDS), Perot would erase their names from any awards or plaques hanging in headquarters.

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