In 1998, Alex Trebek donated of 74 acres of open land (worth $2m at the time) in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills for the purpose of conservation and as a wildlife corridor

Alex Trebek

Trebek at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan, in 2007

Trebek was a longtime philanthropist and activist. He was active with multiple charities, including World Vision Canada and United Service Organizations. For World Vision, Trebek travelled to many developing countries with World Vision projects, taping reports on the group’s efforts on behalf of children around the world. Trebek and the Jeopardy! crew became involved with the United Service Organizations in 1995, appearing on several military bases throughout the world, both in an attempt to find contestants and as a morale booster for the troops. He donated 74 acres (30 hectares) of open land in the Hollywood Hills to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy in 1998. He was later aw… Continue Reading (6 minute read)

11 thoughts on “In 1998, Alex Trebek donated of 74 acres of open land (worth $2m at the time) in Los Angeles’ Hollywood Hills for the purpose of conservation and as a wildlife corridor”

  1. AudibleNod

    His estate donated his suits to a charity that makes them available to people who need suits for job interviews.

  2. revelator41

    2 million for 74 acres in the Hollywood Hills? Even with inflation, that seems dirt cheap.

  3. highoncraze

    He also donated his extensive wardrobe to the Doe Fund, which aims to break the cycles of homelessness, addiction and criminal recidivism by training people and helping them find employment.

    Absolute class act.

  4. jcpahman77

    Harrison Ford did something similar. He bought 800 acres in Jackson Hole and donated approximately half of it as a nature reserve. Probably not as significant in the middle of Wyoming as it is in the Hollywood Hills but it’s nice to see at least a few people with the means step up and try to make a difference.

  5. jartin47

    I wouldn’t be surprised if that land was worth 100x that now.

  6. truthovertribe

    The National Forests were the best idea our US Government ever hatched. Some wealthy people, like the Roosevelts donated land.

    This was a magnanimous gesture towards the American people (after they stole the land from the Indians of course).

    There would be scant chance average Americans could ever enjoy unspoiled nature otherwise.

    So thanks Alex Trebek!

  7. FaiIsOfren

    He’s the Steve irwin of game show hosts. RIP.

  8. bigfatbleeg

    Hmm $2M in 1998. With my calculations, that’s about $19Bn in today’s LA real estate market.

  9. vryhngryctrpllr

    and to think this all started when Sean Connery made a donation to his mother

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