Who was Paul Allen?
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.
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.
Research Vessel (R/V) Petrel
Allen also owned the Research Vessel Petrel. The 76 meter (250 ft) Petrel was acquired early 2017. It was retrofitted with state-
The vessel used to be known as AcergyPetrel. And was active as a pipeline inspection vessel. The vessel was built in 2003. And is equipped to support all aspects of pipeline inspection, seabed survey. And also ROV operations and can accommodate up to 50 people onboard.
USS Indianapolis Wreckage
In August 2017 the RV Petrel discovered the wreckage of the USS Indianapolis. It lay 5,500 meters below the surface. Resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean.
The Indianapolis was lost in the final days of World War II. When it was torpedoed by a Japanese submarine. Prior to the attack, the Indianapolis had just completed its secret mission.
Of delivering components of one of the two nuclear weapons that were dropped on Japan. Read more at https://www.paulallen.com/wreckage-
USS Lexington Wreckage
Early March 2018 Allen’s research vessel Petrel found the wreckage of the World War II-
The Lexington is one of the first aircraft carriers built by the U.S. It went down in 1942 with 216 crew members and 35 aircraft on board. More here.
Paul Allen House
He owned several houses all over the world. Being one of the richest men, he can afford any house he likes.
Mercer Island House
His main residence is based on Mercer Island near Seattle. He is reported to own 11 properties on Mercer Island. But his main address is 6555 West Mercer Way. He is not allowed to land a helicopter on the property. So the house has a floating helipad. The property is valued at US$ 39 million.
Allen also owns a residence on Hawaii: Thurston Estate. It was built for Lorrin Thurston. He was the publisher of the Honolulu Advertiser.
South of France, Beverly Hills and New York houses
Further, he owns Villa Maryland in St Jean Cap Ferrat, France. And a mansion in Beverly Hills. And he is the owner of Teton Ridge Estate in eastern Idaho. And he owns an apartment on 4 East, 66th Street in Manhattan, New York.