Texas billionaire Simmons’ will released

FILE - In this June 11, 2007 file photo, Dallas billionaire Harold Simmons is photographed in his North Dallas office. The deaths this year of three major Texas Republican donors, including a billionaire who died over the weekend, could signal a generational change for party kingmakers in the nation’s largest GOP stronghold. Harold Simmons’ death Saturday came after Republicans lost home builder Bob Perry in April and businessman Leo Linbeck Jr. in June. For decades, all three helped bankroll political campaigns both in Texas and nationwide. (AP Photo/The Dallas Morning News, Tom Fox)

DALLAS (AP) — Texas billionaire Harold Simmons’ will leaves the bulk of his estate to his widow, with no listed contributions to any political groups or charities.

A Dallas judge on Monday ordered a redacted version of Simmons’ will to be released.

The will lists Annette Simmons as the sole beneficiary of her husband’s savings and real estate. The will does not list a total dollar value of Simmons’ estate.

Attorneys for Annette Simmons had argued for the will to be sealed to protect her safety and privacy, as well as the names of her children and grandchildren.

Harold Simmons had a wide range of corporate interests and gave hundreds of millions of dollars to charity. He also bankrolled several political campaigns.

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