Kirk Douglas Leaves Most of His $80 Million Fortune to Charity


Kirk Douglas was always a charitable person, and that legacy continues well beyond his death earlier this month.

Kirk passed away at the age of 103 on February 5. Page Six reports that the Hollywood icon left most of his $80 million fortune to charity, giving a bulk of the sum to the Douglas Foundation, which Kirk co-founded nearly 60 years ago.

The money will be split among various endeavors, as the nonprofit benefits the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, the Kirk and Anne Douglas Childhood Center, and a St. Lawrence University scholarship for underprivileged students.

Money will also go towards Westwood’s Sinai Temple and Culver City’s Kirk Douglas Theater through the Foundation, which is still under Anne Douglas’ watch as she is the managing trustee.

The group’s website states, “The Douglas Foundation’s principal goal is to help those who cannot otherwise help themselves. Its primary focus is improving the education and health, fostering the well-being, and most importantly developing new opportunities for the children who hold our future in their hands.”

Kirk is famed for his role in classic films such as “Spartacus,” “Lust for Life,” and “Ace in the Hole.” His son, Michael Douglas, has also upheld a successful acting career from roles in shows and films like “The Kominsky Method,” “Basic Instinct,” and “Fatal Attraction.” Michael is worth about $300 million himself.

While there is about $10 million of Kirk’s funds remaining after charitable donations, it is unclear where that sum will end up. He is survived by his three sons Joel, Peter, and Michael.

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