"The logistics required services, permits, visas," he said. The test proved he was indeed the father. Aug. 5, 2009 -- Hollywood mogul Steve Bing didn't just lend Bill Clinton his private plane for the former president's trip to North Korea -- he's footing the cost of the whole flight. He also donated $1 million to the DNC to help fund the 2000 convention in L.A. and spent an estimated $50 million to campaign for an oil production tax in 2006. Former US president Bill Clinton has expressed sadness over the alleged suicide of film financier and philanthropist Steve Bing. He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in. He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in. "It was very much an involved process.". I loved Steve Bing very much. 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The Daily Wire, headed by bestselling author and popular podcast host Ben Shapiro, is a leading provider of conservative news, cutting through the mainstream media’s rhetoric to provide readers the most important, relevant, and engaging stories of the day. "There's a very large team at Avjet team involved in all categories, from maintenance operations, to scheduling to fuel," Foulkrod said. Any lingering doubts about his passing were removed, however, after Bing's old friend Bill Clinton posted a tribute on Twitter. Clinton used the plane on his trip to secure the release of Laura Ling and Euna Lee, two American journalists held by North Korea on allegations that the two illegally entered the country. He was such a kind and generous friend and supported so many good and just causes. Bing, who was 55, inherited a $600 million fortune from his real estate mogul grandfather at the age of 18. He went to Stanford University, but dropped out in his junior year to go into filmmaking. On social media, Bill Clinton and Mick Jagger paid tribute. Dow said in a statement today that the company was "grateful that Ms. Ling and Ms. Lee are back home safely and we were honored to contribute to President Clinton's humanitarian mission to obtain their release.". It stopped once in Japan on the way back. The 55-year-old is believed to have jumped to his death from his 27th floor apartment in Los Angeles on Monday. ABC News' Nathalie Tadena contributed to this report. Personal life Lisa Bonder. “This is the only information we have at this time,” said Capt. Media reports suggest that he had fallen into a deep depression due to Los Angeles' coronavirus lockdown. “I loved Steve Bing very much. The 55-year-old is believed to have jumped to his death from his 27th floor apartment in Los Angeles on Monday. The millionaire was a generous donor to the Clinton Foundation. On the way from Burbank, Calif., to Pyongyang, the 18-seat jet stopped at American Air Force bases in Alaska and Japan to refuel, Foulkrod said. At a press conference this morning, Ling thanked Dow, its CEO Andrew Liveris, Bing and a host of others, including government officials and members of Clinton's team, for their work in helping bring the journalists home. I will miss him and his enthusiasm more than I can say, and I hope he’s finally found peace. The two were spotted multiple times during and after Clinton’s presidential run from 1993 to 2001. Communication costs -- namely a bill for using a satellite phone necessary for diplomatic phone calls -- could amount to $15,000, he said. Gisselle Espinoza. “He had a big heart, and he was willing to do anything he could for the people and causes he believed in. It is the #3 cubed and represents the Ashlar. Former US president Bill Clinton has expressed sadness over the alleged suicide of film financier and philanthropist Steve Bing. I loved Steve Bing very much. Other expenses include maintenance costs, catering expenses, landing fees and other incidental costs. We last spoke on our son’s 18th birthday.”. Steve Bing’s sacrifice Was Used As a Ritual Catalyst. Bing, a real estate heir and the owner of Shangri-La Entertainment, will pay an estimated $200,000 for the round-trip flight, said Marc Foulkrod, the chairman and CEO of Avjet, the charter company that operates Bing's plane, a Boeing 737. Bing reportedly covered the cost of the entire flight, estimated to be around $200,000. The film producer made headlines when he sued British actress Elizabeth Hurley to force a DNA test after she declared that he was the father of her baby. Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger said: “It’s so sad to hear of Steve Bing’s passing.