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Harold Simmons

Chairman, Valhi Inc.Chairman, Valhi Inc.
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Net worth 2018: $10 Billion
Industry: Investments
Country: United States
BirthDay: 13 May 1931
Sigh: Gemini
Died On: 28/12/2013
Children: 6
Education: Bachelor of Arts / Science, The University of Texas at Austin; Master of Science, The University of Texas at Austin
BIOGRAPHY

Harold Simmons was bornon 13 May 1931 in United States, is Chairman, Valhi Inc.Chairman, Valhi Inc.. Buyout investor Harold Simmons sold his Titanium Metals in January, pocketing more than $1 billion. More recently his Contran took fabricated wire product maker Keystone Consolidated Industries private. Most of his money is held in publicly traded conglomerate Valhi. A big backer of conservative causes, Simmons gave more than $25 million to Republican super PACs during the 2012 presidential election. He started as a bank examiner and bought drugstore with $5,000 cash and $95,000 loan. A decade later, he sold his business to Eckerd Corporation for $50 million in 1973. The University of Texas graduate has given $177 million to date to UT Southwestern and established the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. A certified pilot, Simmons enjoys watching the NFL's Dallas Cowboys with team owner and fellow Dallas resident Jerry Jones.

NET WORTH STATISTIC
2010

$5 Billion

2011

$9.3 Billion

2012

$7.1 Billion

2013

$10 Billion

2018

$10 Billion

TIMELINE
2012

Simmons's company, Contran Corporation, donated $1 million to Make Us Great Again, a super PAC supporting Rick Perry's 2012 presidential candidacy

2011

org shows Contran contributions of $5 million in Nov 2011, $5 million in Jan 2012, and $1 million in April 2012 to American Crossroads

2010

The Harold Simmons Foundation made a gift to the Legal Hospice of Texas, a nonprofit law firm providing compassionate legal services at no charge to low-income individuals who are terminally ill, in 2010 and 2012

2008

In 2008 the Harold Simmons Foundation made a donation of $5 million to the Dallas Zoo, the largest single private contribution in the zoo's 120-year history

2007

In 2007, Harold and Annette Simmons announced a $20 million gift to Southern Methodist University to provide an endowment for the university's School of Education and Human Development

2006

"Since mid 2006, Simmons has given funds to a chronic kidney disease research team led by Dr

2005

By 2005, total donations from his family and foundation to the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas exceeded $70 million

2004

During the 2004 presidential campaign Simmons made a $4 million donation to the group Swift Vets and POWs for Truth

2002

Strauss Humanitarian Award 2002 Angel of Freedom Award,(Harold Simmons Foundation) Human Rights InitiativeSimmons has been married three times:

1997

In August 1997, President Bill Clinton used a line-item veto to draw attention to the type of "special benefits" that investors such as Simmons employ to avoid paying capital gains taxes since the early 1980s

1993

Between 1993 and 1997, Simmons and family members and Contran gave more than $315,000 to Republican candidates, according to FEC records

1989

Simmons had first begun accumulating Lockheed stock in early 1989 when deep Pentagon cuts to the defense budget had driven down prices of military contractor stocks, and analysts had not believed he would attempt the takeover since he was also at the time pursuing control of Georgia Gulf

1974

By 1974, he had been indicted for and acquitted of wire and mail fraud, and involved in a pension-related lawsuit brought against him by the United Auto Workers

1973

In 1973, Simmons was a significant contributor to the Dallas Civic Opera

1961

Before Simmons owned it, University Pharmacy was the site of a racially charged sit-in in January 1961, when its owner C

1960

In 1960, using $5,000 of his savings, and a $95,000 loan, he bought a small drugstore, University Pharmacy on Hillcrest Avenue, across from the campus of Southern Methodist University

1953

The Crystal Charity Ball has distributed more than $82 million to children's charities since 1953

1952

After completing graduate school in 1952, Simmons worked for the U

1951

Simmons has BA (1951) and MA (1952) degrees in economics from the University of Texas at Austin

1931

Harold Clark Simmons (May 13, 1931 – December 29, 2013) was an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist whose banking expertise helped him develop the acquisition concept known as the leveraged buyout (LBO) to acquire various corporations

1894

Simmons was born in Golden, Wood County, Texas, the son of Reuben Leon (1894 -1954) and Fairess Clark Simmons (1903-1990)

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