Where Will 'Simpsons' Creator Sam Simon's Money Go?
Sam Simon, co-creator (with Matt Groening) of The Simpsons, has terminal colon cancer. Last week, The Hollywood Reporter featured an interview with him in which he spoke about giving almost all of his Simpsons royalty money to charity. "The truth is," he said, "I have more money than I'm interested in spending." He had originally revealed his prognosis and plan on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast in May.
Where will the money go? That's been a matter of speculation. Simon is a passionate advocate for animal causes through his Sam Simon Foundation; a recent article titled "8 Ways 'Simpsons' Co-Creator Sam Simon is Helping Animals Before He Dies" gives a pretty thorough rundown of the Foundation's activities, which include a mobile veterinary clinic, service dogs for veterans and an adoption program. He is also a supporter of PETA and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which seeks to protect ocean wildlife and habitat.
It's clear that much -- but not all -- of Simon's wealth will go to animals. He has also funded the anti-hunger Feeding Families program, a project of the SamSimon Foundation, which feeds about 200 human families a day in Los Angeles. The food distributed is, of course, vegan.