Guggenheim, Simon

Guggenheim, Simon

(1867–1941) business executive, philanthropist; born in Philadelphia (son of Meyer Guggenheim). He worked for his father's large mining and metal-processing firm, eventually becoming president of the American Smelting and Refining Company (1919–41). Having settled in Denver, he served as a U.S. senator from Colorado (Rep., 1907–13). As one of the heirs of the massive Guggenheim fortune, he donated large sums to various educational and medical institutions. He is best known for setting up the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, which gives annual grants to scholars and creative individuals.
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CREDITS: Executive producers, David Guggenheim, Simon Kinberg, Mark Gordon, Jon Harmon Feldman, Nick Pepper.