Sidney Kimmel

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Sidney Kimmel
Born (1928-01-16) January 16, 1928 (age 95)
  • Businessman
  • film producer
SpouseCaroline Davis

Sidney J. Kimmel (born January 16, 1928) is an American businessman, philanthropist, and film producer. He is ranked number 2141 in the Forbes list of the richest people alive in 2021.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Kimmel was born into a Jewish family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of a cab driver.[2][3][4] He attended Temple University.[5] He now lives in California with his wife Caroline Davis, the former wife of Leonard Tose.[6] Kimmel is featured on Old Jews Telling Jokes.[3]

Kimmel and his wife bought Johnny Carson's former estate, a property that sits on the Point Dume promontory in Malibu, California, in 2007 for $46 million. [7] In 2017, they placed the property up for sale for $81.5 million.[8] They reduced the price to $65.2 million in August 2018.[9]


Kimmel founded Jones Apparel Group in 1970 while working at W. R. Grace and Company. Five years later, he purchased Jones Apparel Group with a partner. Notable lines produced by Kimmel include Jones New York, Evan-Picone, and 9 West; he also has licensing deals with Ralph Lauren. He stepped down as chief executive officer of Jones in 2002 and sold most of his shares in the publicly traded company, but remained chairman of the board of directors until the sale of the company to Sycamore Partners in 2014. Kimmel funded the erotic drama 9½ Weeks.[10] He owns art, real estate, a film production company Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, and a small stake in the professional NBA basketball team Miami Heat.[5]

Sidney Kimmel Entertainment[edit]

Founded in 2004, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment (SKE) is a Los Angeles-based production, finance and distribution company headed by Kimmel. Films produced include SKE and Screen Gems' 2010 remake Death at a Funeral, The Kite Runner (2007), United 93, Breach, Lars and the Real Girl, Adventureland, Death at a Funeral, Synecdoche, New York, Gone (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012) and The Age of Adaline.


Kimmel is an active philanthropist with an emphasis on healthcare, education, arts and culture. His goal is to donate $1 billion in total throughout his lifetime.[11][12]

In 1993, Kimmel founded the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. The foundation's Cancer Research division pledged to contribute $120 million to institutions serving healthcare, education, arts and culture. Later, in 2001, the Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research donated $150 million to Johns Hopkins University. The donation became the largest single gift ever received by the University, and was directed toward the development of a residence for cancer patients undergoing extended treatment. The gift inspired the university to name the residence the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. In total Kimmel has his name attached to four separate cancer-research centers in Philadelphia, New York, San Diego and Baltimore.[11][12] The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Hospital[2] as well as the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital carry his name. The Jefferson Medical College was renamed the Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in June 2014, following a $110 million grant from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation, the fifth-largest ever gift to a medical school.[13] As of April 2003, Kimmel and the Sidney Kimmel Foundation had donated an estimated $400 million.[11]

Kimmel has also contributed over $35 million[11][12] to the center for the performing arts in Philadelphia, which is now named The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and is home to the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Other contributions from Kimmel include a $5 million donation to The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia; a $20 million donation to Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School in Philadelphia and $25 million for the establishment of a new prostate and urological cancer center at Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York.[12] In 2003 Kimmel pledged $25 million to The National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. The construction was said to have cost in total $100 million, and opened in 2006 on the museum's existing site facing Independence Mall.[11][12][14] Kimmel donated $25 million to Stand Up To Cancer.

Support for cold fusion research[edit]

Kimmel has given $5.5 million to the University of Missouri to create the Sidney Kimmel Institute for Nuclear Renaissance, SKINR, where researchers will "figure out why excess heat has been observed when hydrogen or deuterium interacts with materials such as palladium, nickel or platinum under extreme conditions.", Originally named "cold fusion," nowadays the name low-energy nuclear reaction (LENR) is also used.[15]


He was a producer in all films unless otherwise noted.


Year Film Credit Notes
1986 The Clan of the Cave Bear Co-executive producer
9½ Weeks
1993 The Night We Never Met Executive producer
1995 Mother Executive producer Direct-to-video
1998 Curtain Call Executive producer
2000 Lisa Picard Is Famous Executive producer
2001 Town & Country Executive producer
2002 Crazy Little Thing Executive producer
Separation Anxiety Executive producer
The Emperor's Club Executive producer
2005 Neverwas
Trust the Man
Slow Burn
2006 Alpha Dog
Copying Beethoven
Griffin & Phoenix
2007 Breach Executive producer
Death at a Funeral
Talk to Me
Charlie Bartlett
Married Life
Lars and the Real Girl
The Kite Runner Executive producer
2008 Synecdoche, New York
All God's Children Can Dance
2009 Adventureland
2010 Death at a Funeral
2011 The Lincoln Lawyer
Moneyball Executive producer
Cloudburst Executive producer
2012 One for the Money
The Place Beyond the Pines
Stand Up Guys
2013 Parker
All Is Bright
Mr. Morgan's Last Love Co-producer
2014 I, Frankenstein
Walk of Shame
2015 Sleeping with Other People
The Age of Adaline
2016 Hell or High Water
2017 The Book of Henry
Brad's Status
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Executive producer
2019 The Jesus Rolls
2021 Palmer
God Is a Bullet Executive producer
Miscellaneous crew
Year Film Role Notes
1995 Mother Presenter Direct-to-video


Year Title
2019 Delhi Crime


  1. ^ Forbes: The World's Billionaires – Sidney Kimmel April 2021
  2. ^ a b About Sidney Kimmel. Johns Hopkins Medicine, accessed on May 25, 2011
  3. ^ a b "Sidney Kimmel "Sexual Exploits" (253)". Old Jews Telling Jokes. October 31, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  4. ^ Silbiger, Steve The Jewish Phenomenon: Seven Keys to the Enduring Wealth of a People p. 90
  5. ^ a b The World's Billionaires – #1014 Sidney Kimmel. Forbes, 2011, accessed on November 9, 2011
  6. ^ "The Man Behind The Name On Arts Center" By Peter Dobrin and Stephen Seplow June 14, 2000
  7. ^ Dangremond, Sam (October 19, 2017). "Johnny Carson's Former Malibu Estate Is on the Market for $81.5 Million". Town & Country Magazine. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
  8. ^ Pennel, Julie (October 12, 2017). "Heeeeere's Johnny's house! See late night king's incredible Malibu mansion". Today Show on NBC. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  9. ^ Leitereg, Neal J. (August 9, 2018). "Former Johnny Carson estate in Malibu now seeks $65.2 million following big price cut". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 19, 2020.
  10. ^ Pomerantz, Dorothy. [forbes/2010/1011/rich-list-10-rebooted-rich-sidney-kimmel-hollywood-rags-to-riches "Rags to Riches (Not Exactly)"]. Forbes. Retrieved July 26, 2019. {{cite web}}: Check |url= value (help)
  11. ^ a b c d e The $1 billion man. Philadelphia Business Journal, accessed December 28, 2010.
  12. ^ a b c d e Sidney Kimmel's Philanthropy page. Faces of Philanthropy, accessed December 28, 2010.
  13. ^ "Kimmel donates $110M to Jefferson" – Philadelphia Inquirer 18-Jun-2014
  14. ^ Announcements. National Museum of American Jewish History, accessed on December 28, 2010.
  15. ^ "Billionaire helps fund MU energy research" – Columbia Tribune 10-Feb-2012

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