Billionaire Dallas Philanthropist, Donor Dies

Gave month to both conservatives and Planned Parenthood


Dallas billionaire and philanthropist Harold Simmons died Saturday night at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas. He was 82.

Simmons, who was ranked 40th on Forbes' list of the 400 wealthiest Americans, gave hundreds of millions of dollars to diverse causes — from conservative political campaigns to Planned Parenthood.

The soft-spoken businessman's circle included political leaders and celebrities. He was friends with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, U2 singer Bono and Oprah Winfrey.