George Lucas Will Donate $4 Billion To Education And I Will Make My Child Watch Star Wars
If I would have known that George Lucas was such an amazing human being – I definitely would have seen Star Wars by now. I’ll definitely be exposing my child – as soon as he’s old enough to sit through it.
George Lucas is selling Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney for a whopping $4.05 billion. He is donating all of it to a foundation focused on education.
Lucasfilm Ltd. produced the epic Star Wars franchise and is solely owned by George Lucas. That’s right – he owns 100% of the company, himself. He told the Hollywood Reporter, “For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company. 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.”
I know there are some people that think philanthropy is no big deal. How many times have you heard someone say, “If I had all of that money, I would be generous, too.” In fact, I just told my husband about the donation, and his response was, “He’s definitely got the money. Do you know how rich that guy is?” But the deal is – nobody has to be that noble. They just don’t. And I think it is pretty impressive when someone is.
This isn’t the first time Lucas has made a generous donation to education. In 2010 he wrote:
My pledge is to the process; as long as I have the resources at my disposal, I will seek to raise the bar for future generations of students of all ages.
I am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education. It is the key to the survival of the human race. We have to plan for our collective future – and the first step begins with the social, emotional, and intellectual tools we provide to our children. As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt – as educators, storytellers, and communicators our responsibility is to continue to do so.
That is an impressive pledge, considering the resources he has to back it up. The foundation to which he is donating the money has still not been named, but imagine the difference such an enormous amount of capital will make.
I think it’s time I check out the epic movie that built the epic company – that generated an epic amount of resources for one of the worthiest causes of all. I’ll be indoctrinating my child into the cult of Star Wars. Maybe I’ll even watch it with him.