George Lucas To Donate The Majority Of Disney's $4 Billion To Worthy Causes

George Lucas owns 100% of LucasFilm, meaning that the $4.05 billion Disney has paid for the studio is ALL his. That's a lot of money! Well, a spokesperson for the filmmaker has revealed that he intends to donate the majority of it to good causes. Hit the jump for details.

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By Josh Wilding - 11/1/2012

The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed that George Lucas is planning to donate the majority of the $4 billion fortune that Disney are paying him for LucasFilm to good causes. "George Lucas has expressed his intention, in the event the deal closes, to donate the majority of the proceeds to his philanthropic endeavors," a spokesperson told the site. It's not clear where exactly the money will end up (it's thought that it will mostly go to causes which focus primarily on educational issues), but the writer and director is well known for his substantial donations to causes such as the Film Foundation, Stand Up To Cancer and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. "For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company," Lucas said in a statement Wednesday. As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy."

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astromerc - 11/1/2012, 4:43 AM
Wow ! That is pretty awesome, just goes to show money isn't everything. Plus he probably has another4 billion in his back account already. Good work George!
FrankieDedo - 11/1/2012, 4:45 AM
wow, these are days of shocking news! one after one!
At least the prequel trilogy makes some sense now XD
Howardad - 11/1/2012, 4:48 AM
I know the real reason Disney bought Lucasfilms. They want to put Howard the Duck into the Avengers 2. Howard the Duck will tie in The Avengers and GOTG. Let's see if my prediction comes true. And good for him most people would just keep it and be greedy.
marvel72 - 11/1/2012, 4:48 AM
he doesn't need the money,what he earned from the star wars films,ILM & all that star wars merchandise.

yeah i think he can spare some dollar for good causes,nice one mr.lucas.
Facade - 11/1/2012, 4:53 AM
I am worthy!
Spideyguy94 - 11/1/2012, 4:53 AM
Respect to you mr lucas.
superotherside - 11/1/2012, 4:55 AM
Good man. Keep up the great work.
heisei24 - 11/1/2012, 4:57 AM
jessepostal - 11/1/2012, 4:59 AM
its a write off, he gets most of that money back anyway
blvdnoise - 11/1/2012, 5:00 AM
I can't even imagine EARNING 4billion in a life time. This guy is planning on giving 4blillion away.. Wow
hush - 11/1/2012, 5:21 AM
Good for him and shame on the cynical people
tonytony - 11/1/2012, 5:25 AM
Good to see.
Kayo - 11/1/2012, 5:28 AM
a sweet decision indeed from you Mr. Lucas..........i salute you sir.
Boekelaar - 11/1/2012, 5:31 AM
looks like I'm starting up a fake charity :P
luxterg - 11/1/2012, 5:34 AM
People are going to say "who cares, he's already rich and doesn't need the money" and all kinds of other such things.

Bottom line, he's going to give away billions in his lifetime to worthy causes and then half of whatever he has left upon his death as per the pledge he's already made.

That's a lot more than I've ever done. Before criticizing, ask yourself... what have you done.

He's earned my respect as a man.
calin88 - 11/1/2012, 5:35 AM
Worthy causes: bitches and booze!! No really, good for him
NerdyGeek - 11/1/2012, 5:39 AM
Respect earned Mr. Lucas!
Triptheorist - 11/1/2012, 5:52 AM
Is it just me, or does the older George Lucas gets, the more he resembles an Ewok?
AC1 - 11/1/2012, 5:53 AM
At least something good is coming out of this
mgeoff88 - 11/1/2012, 5:55 AM
Wow! I didn't see this coming from George Lucas. He has officially earned my respect.

The force is strong in him.

@jessepostal You don't even know what a write off is. ;P

#SeinfeldReference
xstryker - 11/1/2012, 5:56 AM
Well done, Mr. Lucas.
billytwohats - 11/1/2012, 6:08 AM
He should donate his millions to the traumatised middle aged Star Wars fans fund.
SuperSomething616 - 11/1/2012, 6:11 AM
Flipping heck...guess this wasnt about the money after all....

Bravo Mr. Lucas...still along way to go to redeem yourself but this is a good start!!! lol
TheAbomination - 11/1/2012, 6:13 AM
He's going out like a class act. Atta boy, George. You may have tarnished your legacy, but it's good to see your money from this deal go to a worthy cause.
RipperSavage - 11/1/2012, 6:16 AM
Thats a really stupid idea,
When you give to charity, only a small percent goes to your target.
With such money and a history of starting and managing a business his best move would to be to organize his own Charity and get charity directly to people.
Or simply build some high tech schools in certain areas of this country that have been long forgotten by the system such as Schools that serve the poor in inner cities or Appalachia.

Simply giving money to organised charity could be a waste just like giving it to organised religions.
A popular Nascar driver donated 1 million dollars to a small Christian School so it could remain open. What he didnt know was someone had been embezzling money there. After he donated, the million kinda disappeared and the school closed anyway.
Lucas should start his own charity.

Kalel219 - 11/1/2012, 6:21 AM
@darkmetal

He has his own charities...
plasticman - 11/1/2012, 6:25 AM
I have a charity he could donate to...C.O.P.E. (Charity Of Plasticman's Endeavours)
mikesinuman - 11/1/2012, 6:26 AM
give it to charity! my wife's name is Charity give it to her.^_^
DaRealDaBUU - 11/1/2012, 6:26 AM
Two days ago Star Wars (OT) was nothing but a fond childhood memory, not registering anywhere near my radar. Now, its the only thing on my radar. I'm way too old to be this excited, how is this even possible.
lntrn8 - 11/1/2012, 6:37 AM
:) . . . great!

To rise to sainthood, you must now release all the Carrie Fisher wardrobe fitting footage & "secret" backstage photos.

MiracleMe - 11/1/2012, 6:38 AM
@heisei24-
What I love about that photo is the fact that Mickey looks more badass than Jaba the..er, Lucas!
jingorot - 11/1/2012, 6:53 AM
what's going on?
lucas is suddenly going from an evil mastermind to a.... a... a good man!

lol jk, much respect to the guy
GodzillaKart - 11/1/2012, 6:56 AM
He has been working for years on The George Lucas Educational Fund.

Whatever you think of his movies, this man has a lifetime of being a generous giver.
CoulsonLives - 11/1/2012, 6:56 AM
Darth Lucas is one with the force... Lucas= Anakin/Darth Vader
jingorot - 11/1/2012, 6:57 AM
btw, i can't be the only one that sees a character arc like darth vader here do i?

a man who was great once (original trilogy), went over to the dark side (prequel trilogy), and then redeemed himself in his last days (return of the jedi).

:)
jingorot - 11/1/2012, 6:57 AM
@snailflies

beat me to it.
BillyM67 - 11/1/2012, 7:02 AM
@jessepostal...."its a write off, he gets most of that money back anyway" Glad to see you're putting that accounting degree to good use, moron.
chewie - 11/1/2012, 7:08 AM
@Intrn8- Thank you for the gif

#runsofftogetspankerchief
chewie - 11/1/2012, 7:22 AM
@BillyM67

that my friend is what i call a BURN! Well played.
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