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Published on June 2nd, 2015

Sam Simon: "The Simpsons" co-creator who donated most of his fortune to charity.

Sam Simon
Sam Simon  

"The Simpsons" shown all over the world, at 26 years is the longest-running sitcom in television history. It was created by Matt Groening, James L. Brooks and Sam Simon.

Sam, previously a writer and producer for such successful and syndicated sitcoms as "Taxi" and "Cheers" brought a level of depth to the show seldom seen in animated shows.

He introduced a wide range of compelling characters, hired top writers and created story lines that would parody a famous Hollywood movie or a global political leader in one show segment, while having the family dog outsmart Homer Simpson in the next segment.

But Sam had a significant problem.

He was difficult to work with.

Sam acknowledged this and after four seasons, he left "The Simpsons." Yet even after leaving the show, Sam remained credited as executive producer.

When "The Simpsons" went into syndication, he began receiving "tens of millions" of dollars.

But here is the best part of our story: Sam donated nearly all the money to charity.

For example, the Malibu based Sam Simon Foundation rescues and trains dogs to assist disabled people, including Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Its dogs also visit people in managed care facilities.

And the Foundation seeks to find loving homes for every homeless dog it adopts.

There are many other recipients as well such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and The Sea Shepherd Society, which actively opposes whale hunting.

His Foundation also provides free vegan meals to 400 families in need, vegan meals because Sam loved animals and was a vegan.

But 2 1/2 years ago Sam learned he had terminal colorectal cancer and was told he had three to six months to live. He was determined to beat that dire prediction and he did.

However on March 8th, 2015 Sam passed away in his Los Angeles area home at the age of 59. Sam was divorced and had no children, and by the time of his passing, most of his money had been contributed to charity.

And because "The Simpsons" continues to produce new shows, in addition to the continuing revenue from over 575 episodes in syndication, all those shows will continue to produce residual income for those charities, for many years to come.

Success Tip of the Week: In Sam's honor, this week let us make a charitable contribution as well.

Editor's Note: To see and hear Sam in a two minute YouTube clip, click here. To learn more about Sam, wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Simon , nytimes.com , latimes.com and vanityfair.com. To learn more about The Sam Simon Foundation, click here or The Sea Shepherd Society, click here.

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