Paul Allen
Co-Founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
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.
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University of Washington Gets $50 Million From Paul Allen, Microsoft
Wall Street Journal - 14 days
The University of Washington has received $50 million to promote its computer science and engineering department into a stand-alone school named for Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul G. Allen.
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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bringing hip London club to Hollywood and Vine
LATimes - about 2 months
When Paul Allen paid $41 million for the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood last June, people wondered what he was up to.  The co-founder of Microsoft is not known as a hotelier. Allen’s plan is now clear — the Redbury will be turned into a club for entrepreneurs similar to a co-working venue, but turned...
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How Hedge Funds Will Profit from School Privatization
Huffington Post - 3 months
In the News: A number of news items in recent weeks show how powerful money-brokers work inside and outside the law in their war on public education in the United States. (1) In the State of Washington, a State Supreme Court Judge up for reelection sided with a 6-to-3 court majority in a ruling that declared a state law directing tax dollars to independently run charter schools unconstitutional. To remake the court in their image hundreds of thousands of pro-charter Bill Gates and Paul Allen "Microsoft money" was donated to support his opponents campaign. Fortunately Washington voters rejected the charter judge, this time. (2) Federal authorities charged seven leaders of the Platinum Partners hedge fund with fraud for operating what was alleged to be a "Ponzi scheme." They kept the fund afloat by continually using money from new investors to pay off older investors who wanted out. Mark Nordlicht, founder and the chief investment officer for Platinum, also dabbles in operating lo ...
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What to Expect during November's Auction Season
Huffington Post - 5 months
In New York, there are specialty art auctions throughout the year, but all eyes are on the day and evening sales in November and May that bring out the big-ticket pieces from major collections. Here are the works worth watching the week of November 13th. It seems as if the top three auction houses have Gerhard Richter fever, as they each are offering at least one of the artist's work for over $20 million with an expected hammer prices far above their estimates. In addition, both Sotheby's and Christie's have secured prominent collectors estates to offer this season. Christie's secured the estate of Sylvia Olnick, a committed collector who amassed a collection with works by Roy Lichtenstein and Agnes Martin (whose retrospective at the Guggenheim is a must-see). This estate, split between Christie's Post-War and Contemporary day and evening sales, is auctioning 53 objects. One notable piece is an Agnes Martin entitled Untitled #6 (1983) that is estimated between $5 million and $7 ...
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Trump Flies With Gold-Plated Bathroom Fixtures, And You’re Paying Millions For It
Huffington Post - 6 months
WASHINGTON – Taxpayers are now picking up most of Donald Trump’s air travel costs, unnecessarily spending millions of dollars because he insists on flying aboard his luxury 757 instead of a practical plane. And because the GOP presidential nominee owns both the company that owns the jetliner and the one that operates it, some percentage of that taxpayer money is likely winding up as profit in Trump’s personal bank account. The bombastic businessman has often bragged about the comforts of his ride, with its full bedroom, shower and 24-karat gold-plated bathroom fixtures. But because it seats so few passengers, Trump’s Secret Service agents appear to make up more than half of the plane’s flight manifests. And that means taxpayers are now legally required to pick up the majority of its staggering running costs. Over the first three months of this year, after Trump asked for and received Secret Service protection, the agency’s payments to his campaign accounted for 48 percent of ...
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Countries call for end to domestic ivory trade as elephants disappear
Yahoo News - 6 months
A new resolution to ban all domestic ivory sales has been passed by a global group of conservationists and governments.  The measure, adopted Saturday at a major summit in Hawaii, aims to curb the illegal killing of elephants, whose numbers are rapidly dwindling as poachers slaughter them for their tusks and humans encroach on elephants' natural habitats. "Elephants have had enough of the ivory trade, and so has the world," Cristian Samper, president and CEO of Wildlife Conservation Society, said in a statement after the vote at the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress. SEE ALSO: Marine conservation efforts just took a major step forward A coalition of nations — including the United States and African countries Gabon, Kenya and Malawi — had urged the IUCN last week to adopt the motion to stop internal ivory trading. A stack of burning elephant tusks, ivory figurines and rhinoceros horns at Nairobi National Park, Kenya, April 30, 2016. Im ...
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IUCN Congress Emerges with Global Goal to Close the Domestic Ivory Trade
Huffington Post - 6 months
As thousands of conservationists gathered in Honolulu for the IUCN World Conservation Congress this week, it was more than clear that IUCN members needed to take a strong stand if Africa's elephants were to have a chance at survival. By the close of the congress, the global conservation community had stepped up to say: No more domestic ivory sales. Elephants have had enough of the ivory trade and so has the world. The final vote overwhelmingly approving Motion 007 calling for closure of domestic elephant ivory markets across the globe was vital, for the news about Africa's elephants is as bad as bad news gets. The 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress passed a strong measure in Hawaii calling for the closure of global domestic ivory markets. Image: Cristián Samper/WCS. At the start of the meeting in Hawaii, WCS's Andrea Turkalo issued a scientific paper for which she served as lead author showing that it will take almost a century for Africa's forest elephants to recover fr ...
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A New Elephant Census Shows The Devastating Impact Of Poaching
Huffington Post - 7 months
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Reporter's Notebook: At Seattle Art Fair, the Interaction Between Technology and Modern Life
NYTimes - 8 months
Now in its second year, the fair founded by the Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen featured artists such as Dawn Kasper, Adam McEwen and Wynne Greenwood.
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Redbury Hotel in Hollywood is sold to a Paul Allen-owned company for $41 million
LATimes - 10 months
Hollywood’s boutique Redbury Hotel, near the storied intersection of Hollywood and Vine, has sold for $41 million to a company owned by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The 57-room red hotel was designed by celebrity photographer Matthew Rolston and nightclub impresario and hotelier Sam Nazarian....
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Roundup: The passing of a history-making ballerina, Israeli blacklists, a new L.A. arts fund
LATimes - about 1 year
An Israeli artist blacklist. Boston gets a Frida. And Microsoft founder Paul Allen’s possibly short-lived Seattle art space. Also: the passing of an iconic American Indian dancer, a gallery on trial in New York and Ai Weiwei’s tastless new picture. Plus a new L.A. arts fund is seeking ideas for...
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Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Buys Another Home on Mercer Island
Fox News - about 1 year
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently bought another house on Washington's Mercer Island. The $5.4 million property is his 11th home on the island. The post Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Buys Another Home on Mercer Island appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice -
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Your City Could Be The First To Embrace The Future Of Transportation
Huffington Post - over 1 year
No one is sure what a "smart city" is, exactly, but a new contest will offer $50 million to the city with the most compelling vision of what this concept could be. The Department of Transportation will provide $40 million dollars of the prize money in this Smart City Challenge, and another $10 million will come from Vulcan Inc, which oversees the business and charitable efforts of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The money will go toward implementing the winning city's plan.  The first round of applications in this Smart City Challenge is due Feb. 4.  Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx will host a webcast Tuesday at 3:15 p.m. ET to answer questions about the selection process and application requirements. There will also be a forum Dec. 15 in Washington, D.C. The video below hints at the outcomes the Department of Transportation is looking for: a city where transportation "just works," gridlock is gone, driverless taxis deliver you on time to train stations, better roadw ...
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New Race to Space
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Entrepreneurial space is looking up, way up. It's almost time to start drinking Tang again… This is a blog about three exciting developments and what they mean: The Asteroid Resource Law: President signs Asteroid Resource Law Bezos vs. Musk: Race for reusable spaceships Finding Water on Mars – We found water! Now what? New Asteroid Resource Law Signed by POTUS After nearly three years of work, President Obama has just signed into law a piece of legislation that allows for private ownership of asteroid and space resources. Called the "Space Resource Exploration and Utilization Act of 2015," the POTUS signed it into law as Title IV of H.R.2262. Let me explain. Over the last 15 years, we've discovered a large population of asteroids that come very close to the Earth -- I call them the "Manhattan Islands" of space. They are resource-rich, composed of materials that we find extremely valuable: fuels (hydrogen and oxygen), construction materi ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Allen
  • 2016
    Age 63
    As a musician-himself and passionate fan, in August 2016, Allen announced the launch of Upstream Music + Summit Fest.
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    Launched in 2016 with a $100 million commitment, The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group aims to discover and support ideas at the frontier of bioscience in an effort accelerate the pace of discovery.
    More Details Hide Details The group is led by Tom Skalak and will be targeting scientists and research areas that ″some might consider out-of-the-box at the very edges of knowledge.″ Allen launched the Allen Distinguished Investigators Awards (ADI) in 2010 to support scientists pursuing early-stage research projects who often have difficulty securing funding from traditional sources. The ADI grant program backs pioneering researchers in the areas of emerging life sciences technology to cellular decision-making and neural engineering with the intent that research made possible by these grants will advance each respective field. Paul Allen donated the seed money to build SETI's Allen Telescope Array, eventually contributing $30 million to the project. Allen has a flower fly named after him for his contributions to Dipterology, called Paul Allen's flower fly. Allen has bankrolled a range of wildlife conservation projects over the past several years, including contributing millions in direct gifts and grants to program, projects, initiatives and charities. By marrying technology development with philanthropic interests, he is working to address the trafficking of endangered species and ensure stable or thriving generations of wild animals.
    As of August 2016, he was estimated to be the 40th richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $18.6 billion.
    More Details Hide Details Allen is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Vulcan Inc., which manages his various business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other companies. He owns two professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association. He is also part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which in 2009, joined Major League Soccer. He is also the founder of Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Institute for Cell Science and Vulcan Aerospace.
    In April 2016, the Department of Environment (DoE) and Allen's Vulcan Inc. successfully completed a restoration plan to help speed recovery and protect the future of coral in this area.
    More Details Hide Details Paul Allen has received various awards recognizing many different areas including sports, philanthropy, and the arts: In 2011, Allen's memoir Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft, was published by Portfolio, a Penguin Group imprint. The book recounts how Allen became enamored with computers at an early age, conceived the idea for Microsoft, recruited his friend Bill Gates to join him, and launched what would become the world's most successful software company. The paperback version of Idea Man, which included a new epilogue, came out on October 30, 2012.
    In January 2016, it was reported that Tatoosh allegedly damaged coral in the Cayman Islands.
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    In 2016, Allen pledged a $10 million donation over four years for the creation of the Allen Discovery Centers at Tufts University and Stanford University.
    More Details Hide Details The centers would fund research that would read and write the morphogenetic code. Over eight years the donation could be as much as $20 million. Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1982. His cancer was successfully treated by several months of radiation therapy. Allen has never married and has no children. He has been, at times, reclusive.
  • 2015
    Age 62
    On August 7, 2015, Allen and his research team along with the Royal Navy went back again to the site of HMS Hood and recovered the bell.
    More Details Hide Details The bell will be restored and given to the British Royal Navy to memorialize the 1,415 men lost at sea. Octopus is a member of AMVER, a voluntary group ship reporting system used worldwide by authorities to arrange assistance for those in distress at sea. The ship is also known for its annual celebrity-studded parties hosted at Cannes film festival, where Allen and his band play for guests. These performances have included musicians such as Usher and Dave Stewart. Allen also owns Meduse and Tatoosh,which is one of the world's 100 largest yachts.
    Launched in July 2015, Paul Allen is funding the Global FinPrint initiative, a three-year survey of sharks and rays in coral reef areas.
    More Details Hide Details The survey is the largest of its kind and designed to provide data to help conservation programs. The initiative is a partnership between Allen's Vulcan Inc, Stony Brook University, Florida International University, James Cook University and the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences. Survey results will be made available in summer 2018. Allen backed Washington state initiative 1401 to prohibit the purchase, sale and distribution of products made from 10 endangered species including elephants, rhinos, lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, marine turtles, pangolins, sharks and rays. The initiative gained enough signatures to be on the state's ballot on November 3, 2015, and passed.
    Also in 2015, Allen announced that he'd be opening up Pivot Art + Culture, a gallery that will be located in the new Allen Institute for Brain Science building.
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    In 2015, Allen founded the Seattle Art Fair, a four-day event with 60+ galleries from around the world including works from the Gagosian Gallery, David Zwirner and many others.
    More Details Hide Details The event drew thousands and inspired other satellite fairs throughout the city.
    In October 2015, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation announced it would award seven new grants totaling $11 million to prevent future widespread outbreaks of the virus.
    More Details Hide Details Over the years, Paul Allen has established several non-profit community institutions that feature his private collections of historic artifacts. These include: An active art collector, Paul Allen has gifted more than $100 million to support the arts. On October 15, 2012, the Americans for the Arts awarded Allen with the Eli and Edythe Broad Award for Philanthropy in the Arts. Allen has also loaned out more than 300 pieces from his private art collection to 47 different venues. 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.
    On April 21, 2015, Allen brought together key leaders in the Ebola fight at the Ebola Innovation Summit in San Francisco.
    More Details Hide Details The summit aimed to share key learnings and reinforce the need for continued action and support to bring the number of Ebola cases down to zero. As part of his ongoing commitment to end the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Paul Allen Foundation partnered with the United States Department of State and MRIGlobal to develop a new first of its kind medevac biocontainment units. These units will be used by the U.S. State Department to help safely evacuate healthcare workers who might fall ill to infectious diseases such as Ebola.
    Alongside the United States Department of Transportation, Allen and Vulcan Inc. launched the Smart City Challenge, a contest inviting American cities to transform their transportation systems. Created in 2015 with USDOT's $40 million commitment as well as $10 million from Allen's Vulcan Inc., the challenge aims to create a first-of-its-kind modern city that will demonstrate how cities can improve quality of life while lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
    More Details Hide Details The winning city will be named in June 2016. Created in 2015, the Smart Catch program is designed for chefs by chefs to recognize and promote restaurants serving sustainable seafood. The program right now is being used by over 80 restaurants in Seattle. As a founding member of the International SeaKeepers Society, Paul Allen hosts its proprietary SeaKeeper 1000TM oceanographic and atmospheric monitoring system on all three of his megayachts. Paul Allen also has a long history of investing in Africa. Including the following: In 2014, Paul Allen pledged at least $100 million toward the fight to end the Ebola virus epidemic in West Africa, making him the largest private donor in the Ebola crisis. He also created a website called as a way to spread awareness as well as serve as a way donors can fund projects in need. The site additionally highlights organizations working to stop Ebola that Allen supports such as International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, Médecins Sans Frontières, Partners in Health, UNICEF and World Food Program USA.
    In March 2015, an Allen-led research team found the in the Sibuyan Sea off the coast of the Philippines.
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  • 2014
    Age 61
    Allen began supporting the University of British Columbia's Sea Around Us Project in 2014 to improve data on global fisheries as a way to fight illegal fishing.
    More Details Hide Details Part of his $2.6 million in funding will go to create FishBase, an online database about adult finfish.
    In December 2014, Allen committed $100 million to create the Allen Institute for Cell Science in Seattle.
    More Details Hide Details The institute is investigating and creating a virtual model of cells in the hope of bringing forth treatment of different diseases. Like the institutes before it, all data generated and tools developed will be made publicly available online.
    Founded in 2014, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) main focus is to research and engineer artificial intelligence.
    More Details Hide Details The Institute is modeled after the Allen Institute for Brain Science and led by researcher and professor, Dr. Oren Etzioni. AI2 has undertaken four main projects, Aristo, Semantic Scholar, Euclid and Plato. Project Aristo is working to build an AI system capable of passing an 8th grade science exam.
  • 2013
    Age 60
    Also in 2013, Vulcan Productions signed on as a producing partner of Pandora's Promise, a documentary about nuclear power, directed by Oscar-nominated director Robert Stone.
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  • 2012
    Age 59
    In 2012, the endowment was renamed the Kenneth S. and Faye G. Allen Library Endowment after Allen's mother (a noted bibliophile) died.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Allen donated $14 million to the University of Washington to construct the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. The building was dedicated in October 2003. In 2010, Allen announced a gift of $26 million to build the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health at Washington State University, his alma mater. The gift is the largest private donation in the university's history.
  • 2010
    Age 57
    Since its formation, the foundation has given more than $494 million to over 1,500 nonprofits and in 2010, Allen became a signatory of The Giving Pledge, promising to give at least half of his fortune to philanthropic causes.
    More Details Hide Details Allen has received commendations for his philanthropic commitments including the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy and Inside Philanthropy's "Philanthropist of the Year." In September 2003, Allen launched the Allen Institute for Brain Science with a $100 million contribution dedicated to understanding how the human brain works. In total, Paul Allen has donated $500 million to the institute, making it his single largest philanthropic recipient. Since its launch, the Allen Institute for Brain Science has taken a Big Science and Open Science approach to tackle projects. The institute makes research tools available to the scientific community using an open data model. Some of the institute's most notable projects include the Allen Mouse Brain Atlas, Allen Human Brain Atlas and the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas. The Allen Institute is also helping to advance and shape the White House's BRAIN Initiative as well as the Human Brain Project.
  • 2009
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The ownership team also includes film producer Joe Roth, businessman Adrian Hanauer, and comedian Drew Carey. The Sounders sold out every home game during its first season, setting a new MLS record for average match attendance and the most season tickets sold in the league. Seattle Sounders FC is only the second expansion team in MLS history to win the U.S. Open Cup tournament in its first season. Paul Allen and his sister Jody Allen are the owners and executive producers of Vulcan Productions, a television and film production company headquartered in Seattle within the entertainment division of Vulcan Inc. Their films have received various recognition, ranging from a Peabody to Independent Spirit Awards, Grammys and Emmys. In 2014 alone, Allen's film, We The Economy, won 12 awards including a Webby award for best Online News & Politics Series. The films have also been nominated for Golden Globes and Academy Awards among many others. Vulcan Productions' films and documentary projects include Far from Heaven (2002), Hard Candy (2005), Rx for Survival: A Global Health Challenge (2005), Where God Left His Shoes (2006), Judgment Day: Intelligent Design on Trial (2007), This Emotional Life (2010), We The Economy (2014) Racing Extinction (2015) and Oscar-nominated Body Team 12 (2015).
  • 2000
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Allen confirmed that he was the sole investor behind Burt Rutan's Scaled Composites' SpaceShipOne suborbital commercial spacecraft on October 4, 2004. SpaceShipOne climbed to an altitude of and was the first privately funded effort to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space. It won the Ansari X Prize competition and received the $10 million prize. On December 13, 2011, Allen announced the creation of Stratolaunch Systems. Stratolaunch is a proposed orbital launch system consisting of a dual-bodied, 6 engine jet aircraft, capable of carrying a rocket to high altitude; the rocket would then separate from its carrier aircraft and fire its own engines to complete its climb into orbit. If successful, this project would be the first wholly privately funded space transport system. Stratolaunch, which is partnering with Orbital Sciences Corporation and Scaled Composites, is intended to launch in inclement weather, fly without worrying about the availability of launch pads and to operate from different locations. Stratolaunch plans to ultimately host six to ten missions per year. On April 13, 2015, Vulcan Aerospace was announced. It is the company within Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. that plans and executes projects to shift how the world conceptualizes space travel through cost reduction and on-demand access.
  • 1996
    Age 43
    Allen purchased the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in 1996 when former owner Ken Behring threatened to move the Seahawks to Southern California.
    More Details Hide Details Herman Sarkowsky, a former Seahawks minority owner, told The Seattle Times about Allen's decision to buy the team, "I'm not sure anybody else in this community would have done what Allen did." The Seahawks are valued at $1.33 billion in August 2014 by Forbes, which says the team has "one of the most rabid fan bases in the NFL." Under the helm of Allen, the Seahawks have been to the Super Bowl three times winning Super Bowl XLVIII and have won three NFC Championships (2005, 2013, 2014).
  • 1990
    Age 37
    Since taking over the franchise, the Allen-owned Trail Blazers have reached the playoffs 19 times including the NBA Finals in 1990 and 1992 (As of July 2015) According to Forbes, the Blazers were valued at $940 million in 2015 and ranked No. 12 out of 30 NBA teams.
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  • 1988
    Age 35
    Allen purchased the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team in 1988 from California real estate developer Larry Weinberg for $70 million.
    More Details Hide Details He was instrumental in the development and funding of the Moda Center (previously known as the Rose Garden), the arena where the Blazers play. He purchased the arena on April 2, 2007, and stated that this was a major milestone and a positive step for the franchise.
  • 1982
    Age 29
    Allen effectively left Microsoft in 1982 due to serious illness.
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  • 1980
    Age 27
    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) which was written by Tim Paterson who, at the time, was employed at Seattle Computer Products.
    More Details Hide Details As a result of this transaction, Microsoft was able to secure a contract to supply the DOS that would eventually run on IBM's PC line. This contract with IBM was the watershed in Microsoft history that led to Allen's and Gates' wealth and success.
  • 1975
    Age 22
    In Albuquerque, New Mexico, Paul Allen with his friend Bill Gates, in 1975, began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter.
    More Details Hide Details Allen came up with the original name of "Micro-Soft," as recounted in a 1995 Fortune magazine article.
  • 1953
    Age 0
    Paul Allen was born on January 21, 1953 in Seattle, Washington to Kenneth Sam Allen and Edna Faye (née Gardner) Allen.
    More Details Hide Details Allen attended Lakeside School, a private school in Seattle, where he befriended Bill Gates, three years younger, with whom he shared an enthusiasm for computers. They used Lakeside's Teletype terminal to develop their programming skills on several time-sharing computer systems. After graduation, Allen went to Washington State University, where he joined Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, but dropped out after two years in order to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston, near where Bill Gates had ended up as well. Allen later convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard University in order to create Microsoft.
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