What would you do with $100 million and limited time? Simpson co-creator gives a beautiful answer.
Did you know there are good people in the world?
No, really, it’s true. Sam Simon, for example, is co-creator of The Simpsons—which you’d think would be enough awesome for one life, but he’s not done yet. He’s preparing to give away his entire $100 million fortune before he dies, and—here’s the horrible part—that’s not very far away.
Simon has already outlive the three-to-six months his doctors originally gave him after being diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, but he knows his time is limited. With no dependents and confident that his loved ones are financially secure on their own, he’s spending his final days throwing millions of dollars at his favorite causes with gleeful abandon.
Inside Philanthropy says, “we’ve never seen a major donor try to unload a fortune quite this fast,” then adds, “I mean, he’s buying a bunch of animals, like bears. He owns a bunch of bears, which is a little nutty.”
Simon made his fortune bringing nuttiness to the world, so why not spend it the same way? He started out writing for Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids, then Taxi and Cheers. The guy’s only 59, and he’s been contributing to the most popular and influential comedies on television across five decades.
Yeah, circus bears, injured racehorses, and any other captive, mistreated animals he can get his hands on. PETA has a building named after the guy, if that gives you an idea how dedicated he is the animal rights cause. He also paid for a ship that goes around ramming Japanese whaling vessels.
He’s got a soft spot for us homo sapiens, as well. He’s dropping millions on Save the Children, which named an entire community after him. (Take that, PETA, with your pitiful little building!) There’s also the Sam Simon Foundation, which feeds more than 400 hungry families a day in the Los Angeles area and also rescues and trains service dogs to help the disabled.
In an interview with NBC News, Simon talked about what matters most to him now… “Somehow, I ended up surrounded by people that love me and take care of me and will do anything for me. It’s a good feeling. That’s called happiness.”