Co-creator of The Simpsons Sam Simon, diagnosed with terminal cancer five months ago, will give his entire fortune away to charity. Simon is renowned for supporting animal rights charity groups, including PETA and the anti-whaling body the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which named one of its ships after him in 2012. He also turned a Malibu property into a canine haven that rescues dogs from kill shelters and trains them as companions for the deaf.
Despite having left The Simpsons in 1993, he still holds an executive producer title, and earns tens of millions in royalties each year.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter Simon said
“The truth is, I have more money than I’m interested in spending. Everyone in my family is taken care of…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.”
The Sea Shepherds had announced in December 2012, before his diagnosis, that Simon was expected to be part of the Sea Shepherd campaign this year, traveling on the flagship vessel the Steve Irwin. Sea Shepherd bought a ship formerly owned by the government in Tokyo with funds from a donation from Simon and renamed it in his honour. Skipper Lockhart McClean said the ship was ideal for chasing harpoonists in the annual whale hunt in Antarctica.
Of his prolific animal conservation work Simon said
“I just wanted to have some days where I get to see animals walk in grass for the first time.”
Read the interview at The Hollywood Reporter.