Who was Paul Allen?
He was one of the richest yacht owners in the world. He founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates in 1975. He was born in 1953 and died in October 2018.
He is responsible for bringing the personal computer to the masses. He delivered the disk operating system (DOS) for the original IBM PCs.
He had his own private asset management company named Vulcan Inc. His investments included real estate, technology, media, and content companies.
Just like Bill Gates, he attended the Lakeside School in Seattle.
He owned Three Sports Teams
Allen also owned three sports teams. The Seattle Seahawks (NFL), the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA). And the Seattle Sounders FC franchise (MLS).
Paul Allen Net Worth
At the time of his death, his net worth was estimated at US$ 20 billion. Allen was the investor behind SpaceShipOne.
Philanthropy – The Most Generous Man
In 2011 Allen was ranked the most generous living American. By the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Following donations of USD 372 million. In 1988 Paul and his sister Jody Allen founded the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
The foundation focuses on the US Pacific North West region. And has donated close to US$ 500 million. In total Paul has donated more than US$ 2 billion to good causes.
In 1998 Allen founded the Flying Heritage Collection. It is a collection of rare WorldWar II aircraft. The collection opened to the public in 2004. He has donated USD 100 million for the prevention of the Ebola Crisis. And he is the founder of The Allen Institute for Brain Science.
In December 2013 Paul sold his Washington-based private island. It was named Allen Island, after a Navy hero.