Terminally ill “Simpsons” co-creator to leave entire fortune to charity
Sam Simon, the 58-year-old nine-time Emmy-winning "Simpsons" co-creator who was recently diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, has decided to leave his entire fortune to charity. His post-"Simpsons" credits also include shows like "Anger Management" and "The Drew Carey Show," and the writer-producer admits that he doesn't even know the full amount of his wealth; he continues to earn "tens of millions" from "The Simpsons" in royalties every year.
This kind of generosity is rare for anyone, but it's especially out of step in status-obsessed Hollywood. But Simon, who is not married and does not have any children, has been a philanthropist his entire life. With his fortune, he has founded the Sam Simon Foundation, worth nearly $23 million as of 2011, which feeds starving people and dogs. He has donated hefty sums to PETA, Save the Children and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
The Hollywood Reporter recently interviewed Simon about the diagnosis and his decision to give away all that he's earned. "The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this," he said.