“You know, I’m not married, and I don’t have kids,” he said. (Simon is divorced from actress Jennifer Tillyand modelJami Ferrell.) “I had an emergency operation when I was septic, and I really did come very close to dying. My colon cancer perforated my colon. When I woke up in the hospital, even though I did have a will, it did become that much more important to me to set this stuff up for the future.”
“I get pleasure from it. I love it,” he shared. “I don’t feel like it is an obligation. 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.”
Simon, who co-created“The Simpsons”with cartoonist Matt Groening more than 20 years ago, left the Fox series in 1993 but has retained an executive producer title. More recently, he worked as a consultant on the Charlie Sheen comedy “Anger Management.”
A Stanford graduate raised in privilege in Beverly Hills, Simon has won nine Emmy Awards.
His Sam Simon Foundation in Malibu is worth $23 million, and other charities, like PETA, Save the Children, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, have also been recipients of his largesse.
“I want medical experiments on animals stopped. They don’t do anything, and they don’t work,”Simon said of his future wishes. “Veganism is an answer for almost every problem facing the world in terms of hunger and climate change.”
“The truth is, I have more money than I’m interested in spending,”he said. “Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this.”