Sam Simon, the producer of The Simpsons, has decided to give his vast fortune away before he dies from colon cancer.
Sam Simon, 58, is spending his final months funding projects that feed homeless people and save animals from being killed in animal shelters. ‘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,’ Simon explained. Simon created the hit cartoon alongside Matt Groening in 1991. He technically retired from The Simpsons in 1993, but still receives tens of millions in royalties every season. Now after being diagnosed with colon cancer that had spread to his liver and kidneys, Simon has met with financial planners to fund his foundation well after he dies. Simon has set up a food bank in Los Angeles that serves only cruelty-free vegan food, and turned his Malibu mansion into dog rescue where animals who are about to be put down by local shelters are taken, cared for, and then trained to be companions for the deaf.
One of the things about animal rights, which is not the only thing that I care about in this world, is that your money can bring success. I see results. There is stuff happening, really good stuff, every week.
A highlight of the painful last few months was giving some freedom to the animals that used to be locked up in traveling zoos.
‘I started to buy these zoos and circuses in December. I just wanted to have some days where I get to see animals walk in grass for the first time. Through PETA, we rescue animals in roadside zoos and circuses.’ he said.
Zoo and circus animals are some of the most abused animals in the country. Freeing those animals, that’s something I’m not sure I would do if it weren’t for the cancer.