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1953 (age 66-67) Seattle, Washington, USA
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Founder and Chairman, Vulcan Inc.



Co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1975, Paul Allen is a major investor, philanthropist and art collector.

As of August 2018, he was considered by Forbes to be the 44th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $20.2 billion.

Paul has owned the Portland Trail Blazers for 29 years. Just one season after he acquired the National Basketball Association franchise, the Trail Blazers made it to the NBA Finals and were back in the championship round two years later. In the years since Paul acquired the team, the Trail Blazers have been in the playoffs 22 times.

He is founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which oversees his philanthropic and business interests, owns the 2014 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, and is part of the primary ownership group for Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle’s Major League Soccer team.

With a lifetime giving totaling more than $2 billion, Paul has spent his career tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Through his for-profit and philanthropic investments, he has sparked important developments and innovations in science, technology, space, education, conservation, community and the arts. For example, since 2003, Paul has invested more than $500 million in groundbreaking brain research, primarily through the Allen Institute for Brain Science. More recently, he launched the Allen Institute for Cell Science and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

In recognition of Paul's broad philanthropy, as well as his leadership in fighting the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the Carnegie Corporation awarded him its prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2015.

Paul is a significant but very private art collector. Some of his collection has been revealed over the years some of what he owns thru loans to museums, such as a Mark Rothko (valued at $80 million in 2012), and blue-chip works by Calder, Renoir, Monet, Ruscha, Hopper, Hockney, Gauguin, and Seurat.

He is also a voracious pop-culture collector and started the EMP Museum in Seattle to showcase some of the music memorabilia that he owns.

Recognition Edit

  1. Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, Carnegie Corporation, 2015
  2. Top 200 Collectors, Artnews, 1997
  3. Top 200 Collectors, Artnews, 1999–2015