His fans may not have always agreed where George Lucas took his Star Wars world, but chances are they won't balk at how he's spending the money from its sale. He's planning to donate almost all of it to education. Disney recently agreed to purchase Lucasfilm, which produced the science fiction films, for $4 billion. However, rather than pocketing the cash for himself, Lucas has decided to put it where it can do some real goodÂ—educating the citizens of the Earth's future.
"For 41 years, the majority of my time and money has been put into the company," Lucas offered. "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 am dedicating the majority of my wealth to improving education," he went on. "It is the key to the survival of the human race." He also added that it's important to plan for the future and said that requires careful consideration about the "social, emotional and intellectual tools we provide our children." He ended his Giving Pledge by adding, "As humans, our greatest tool for survival is our ability to think and to adapt as educators, storytellers, and communicators...."
While Lucas hasn't chosen the exact foundation through which he'll channel the money, some speculate he may chose Edutopia. It is part of a foundation for which he serves as chairÂ—George Lucas Educational Foundation.
Lucas has inspired many people with his brilliant mind, his creativity and his insight. Although that often ran at odds with the way some of his fans thought he should build on to his Star Wars empire, they never faulted his original vision. Undoubtedly, his vision for education will inspire legions of additional fans in the future. Way to go George!