Paul Allen

Co-founder of Microsoft
Born Jan 21, 1953

Paul Gardner Allen is an American investor and philanthropist best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation along with Bill Gates, a leading developer of personal-computer software systems and applications. He is also the 48th richest person in the world along with Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco (and family) who ranks the same with an estimated wealth of $14.2 billion as of March 2012.. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc.… Read More

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1953 Birth Paul Allen was born in Seattle, Washington, to parents Kenneth Sam Allen, an associate director of the University of Washington libraries, and Edna Faye (née Gardner) Allen, on January 21, 1953. … Read More


1975 22 Years Old Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1975, and began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter. … Read More
1980 27 Years Old In 1980, after promising to deliver IBM a Disk Operating System (DOS) they had not yet developed for the Intel 8088-based IBM PC, Allen spearheaded a deal for Microsoft to purchase a Quick and Dirty Operating System (QDOS) written by Tim Paterson who, at the time, was employed at Seattle Computer Products. … Read More
1982 29 Years Old Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1982. … Read More


1989 36 Years Old In 1989, Paul Allen donated $2 million to the University of Washington to construct the Allen Library, which was named after his father Kenneth S. Allen, a former associate director of the University of Washington library system. … Read More


2000 47 Years Old Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft Board of Directors in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives and still owns a reported 100 million shares. … Read More
2002 49 Years Old In 2002, Allen donated $14 million to the University of Washington to construct the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. … Read More


2003 50 Years Old The launch of Paul Allen's yacht, Octopus, secured its position as one of the world's largest yachts in 2003. … Read More
2005 52 Years Old Allen is known for throwing huge, celebrity-studded parties on his yacht, such as a 2005 New Year's Eve party in which he and his band played Johnny Cash songs with R&B star Usher. … Read More
2007 54 Years Old He purchased the arena on April 2, 2007, and stated that this was a major milestone and a positive step for the franchise. … Read More
2009 56 Years Old Allen's Vulcan Sports & Entertainment is part of the ownership team of the Seattle Sounders FC, a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise that began play in 2009 at CenturyLink Field, a stadium also controlled by Allen. … Read More
2011 58 Years Old Allen's memoir, Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft, was released on April 19, 2011. … Read More
2012 59 Years Old In 2012, the endowment was renamed the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment after Allen's mother (a noted bibliophile) died.


…  In 2013, Allen sold Barnett Newman's Onement VI (1953) at Sotheby's in New York for $43.8 million, surpassing its estimate of $30 million to $40 million.
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In December 2014, Inside Philanthropy named Allen as their "Philanthropist of the Year." … Read More
…  As of January 2015, he was estimated to be the 51st richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $17.5 billion. … Read More
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