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Billionaire Known For Philanthropy In Santa Barbara County Dies

Posted on Monday, December 30, 2013 7:10pm

A billionaire known for his generosity in Santa Barbara County has died.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Harold Simmons died Saturday, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas.  

Simmons got into business in the 1960’s, opening a pharmacy in Dallas which he parlayed into a drug store chain.  He sold the pharmacies, and used the money to become an investor, becoming a billionaire ranked 40th on Forbes list of wealthiest Americans.

The part time Montecito resident gave hundreds of millions of dollars to hospitals, universities, and other charities across the country.  In Santa Barbara County, he was a major supporter of the Unity Shoppe, and Westmont College. 

His friends ranged from Oprah Winfrey, to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

Family members say Simmons had been ill for the last few weeks.  He was 82 years old.

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