There is no running away from the spotlight if your parents happen to be at the center of a controversial and highly publicized criminal case that divided America along racial lines. This is the case of Sydney Brooke Simpson, the daughter of former American football star O.J. Simpson and his murdered ex-wife, model Nicole Brown.
Sydney prefers to live her life in peace as a businesswoman with her finger in the real estate business. She is also a restaurateur who, together with her younger brother Justin, is co-owner and manager of a restaurant. Here is a look at other personal details of the former soccer star’s daughter, including what her relationship looks like lately.
Who is Sydney Brooks Simpson?
Sydney Brooks Simpson was born in the United States on October 17, 1985. Her father O.J. played professional football before retiring to become an actor and advertising consultant. Her mother, Nicole Brown, worked as a waitress and later as a model. Sydney has a brother, Justin Ryan, who is three years younger than her. From her father’s first marriage to Marguerite L. Whitley she has two half-brothers, Arnelle and Jason Simpson.
The marriage of Sydney’s parents lasted seven years, from 1985 to 1992, when they divorced. However, an ugly incident occurred a few years later when, in 1994, her mother and a friend named Ron Goldman were found stabbed to death in front of her LA apartment. O.J. was believed to be responsible, and so he was arrested and charged with murder.
What followed was a nine-month, nationally televised trial entitled “The Trial of the Century. In the end, on October 3, 1995, Sydney Brooks Simpson’s father was found not guilty and acquitted. The public and the families of the victims were dissatisfied with the verdict, and so they filed a civil suit against O.J. Here the former NFL star was found guilty of the two murders and sentenced to pay $19.5 million in damages to the families.
After the high-profile trial, Sydney continued her normal life. She attended and graduated from Gulliver Academy and later went to the College of Arts and Science at Boston University to study sociology. After graduating in 2010, O.J. Simpson’s daughter spent several years in Atlanta, where she worked as an event coordinator. She also tried her hand at various other jobs before moving to St. Petersburg, Florida.
What Is Her Relationship With O.J Simpson?
After the cruel murder of her mother, Sydney Brooke Simpson and her brother were taken in by their maternal relatives. O.J.’s family, however, began sharing custody of the children in recent years. After her father’s conviction, reports surfaced that both Sydney and her younger brother Justin refused to have anything to do with their father, but O.J. and his lawyer refuted this claim on the grounds that he was not estranged from his children.
But even with all of O.J.’s claims, he was never seen in public with his children after that until 2018 when the trio was spotted on a beach in Florida on Thanksgiving. They were enjoying a meal at a Tierra Verde Seafood Bar and Grill and looked very happy.
Did She Inherit Any Money From Her Father?
Since she started her real estate business, many people have shown interest in finding out where Sydney Brooke Simpson’s capital came from. Her small business empire has acquired over 13 apartments and houses in low-income areas worth about $500,000. All but two of the properties were reportedly bought with cash.
It is not clear whether the capital she used to start her business came from her father. However, if it turns out that this is the case, Sydney could find herself in a legal dispute between O.J. and the Goldman family. According to David Cook, Goldman’s father’s attorney, he is currently scouring bank deposits and records to follow Sydney’s trail of money. If it turns out that one of her possessions was acquired with O.J.’s money, both Sydney and her brother would be entitled to a refund.
Cook went on to say that any funds from O.J. to his children would be considered a “fraudulent transfer,” which in layman’s terms means a transfer of cash to avoid debt. The attorney thought it appropriate to conduct this investigation because O.J. was still up to his neck in debt that he had to pay in a civil judgment.
So as long as Cook has no evidence, it is safe to assume that neither Sydney Brooke Simpson nor her younger brother inherited money from their father. However, sources have estimated her current net worth at $500,000, which she has earned through her real estate career.
What Is She Doing Now?
After moving to Florida, Sydney got a job as a caterer. Later, she became involved in real estate under the business name Simspy LLC. Her business is going so well that she acquired four properties within one year from 2015 to 2016. Later she added more to her collection over time. Sydney also owns her home in St. Petersburg and owns a restaurant together with her younger brother. She currently lives a single life with her dogs and rarely appears in public.