Sam Simon Net worth Money and More

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Net Worth: $100 million

Career/Profession: Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Actor, Philanthropist, Poker Player

Sam Simon is the most influential face of the time. Sam is an American director, producer, philanthropist, writer and boxing manager. He left his indelible footprint on the two sitcoms of all time: Cheers and Taxi. He has a net worth of about $100 million, which is all due to his animated show: The Simpsons.

Early Life:


Sam was born on June 19th, 1995 in California. He was brought up in Beverly Hills and Malibu whereas his family resides in Groucho Marx. Simon had a comfortable and luxurious childhood as his father belonged to clothing firm. Since from his childhood, he has been interested and passionate about art even though his father wanted him to be a lawyer. He after completing his schooling wanted to quit, but Stanford University influenced was effective due to his grades. There he also served as a cartoon artist for the college paper. But unfortunately he was not rejected from drawing class due to the lack of talent in this field. He took up a degree in Psychology.

Sam is currently engaged to Chef. He was previously married to actress Jennifer Tilly but the relationship last for seven years and after that they got divorced. He also got married to Jami Ferrell, Playboy Playmate but this was a short term relationship.

Cycle from Writer to Producer to Director:

During his graduation, he was appointed as a cartoonist by both San Francisco Chronicle and Examiner Newspaper. This passion led him to his first job in the animation based studio named Filmation. In this studio, he got the job to work as Storyboard artist for ‘Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids’. In 1981, a friend encouraged him to submit his script for the hit show called ‘Taxi’. His script’s marvelous features were appreciated by the producers and they planned to turn it into full episode. He got promoted to work as a full time writer for the show. In 1983, he moved to work for the show ‘Showrunner’. He started to work as a staff writer for the three seasons of another sitcom ‘Cheers’ after Taxi ended. In 1984, he took the transition from writer post and started producing and directing a sitcom named ‘Shaping Up’. He also worked as a producer for Barney Miller, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, Best of the West. He also worked as the writer for the film The Super in 1991.


The Simpsons:

Simon after so much success wanted to pursue more. So he decided to develop the animated Series ‘The Simpson’ in 1989 along with James L. Brooks, which was aired on Fox Network. The show began with the cast members which were aired on the show The Tracy Ullman Show. In this Simon served as Executive producer with Brooks and Groening for the show’s first and second seasons. He remained the creative supervisor for the first four seasons. Since 1989 this show has been the most successful one in the history of television. After four seasons he got tired of this show and due to this frustration some clashes occurred between Groening and Simon. In 1993, he officially resigned from the show.


Simon has always been passionate about animal rights. He has been the most generous supporters of certain philanthropic causes. He has established Sam Simon Foundation, which manages a dog rescue shelter over six acres in Malibu. Its main purpose is to save dogs that are diminishing day by day. It also provides meals for various families in Los Angeles. He has donated millions of money to PETA and the Sea Shepherd, anti-whaling organization. Due to this charity PETA decided to name one of their organizations after him. They named their boats the SSS Sam Simon.


Other Ventures that he explored:

In 1994, he directed several episodes of The George Carlin Show with comedian George Carlin. In late 1990’s he directed another sitcom Men Behaving Badly, The Friends, some episodes of The Norm Show, The Michael Richards Show etc. He also worked as a creative supervisor of Bless This House in 1996. After leaving The Simpsons and The George Carlin Show he started working in the media as the participant and writer in some of the radio shows. He took retirement from the television world, but his attraction towards this industry led him to join again in 2012 as a consultant on the Anger Management. His skills as an amateur boxer and poker player helped him to have an increasing slope of the success graph.

Awards and Achievement:

  • Sam won Primetime Emmy Awards for nine times.
  • He also won Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety in The Tracey Ullman Show.
  • He was entitled with Emmy Outstanding Animated Programs for The Simpsons in 1990, 1991, 1995, 1997 etc.
  • He also won a Peabody Award in 1996 for The Simpsons.
  • Due to his writing skills he won Writer Guilds of America Award.




Simon founded a charity foundation called as Sam Simon Foundation to save stray dogs and other animals. He had invested about $23 million for its establishment. He also invested his money in an Atlas Oil Company, which is amongst one of the largest distributors of fuels that serves 26 states in the country. This company is also responsible for $ 100 million net worth. He resides in Los Angeles, where his home was destroyed due to fire. He again rebuilt his house by investing so much money to make it environment friendly. His assets involved so many paintings made by Thomas Hart Benton, John Singer Sargent etc.


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