Paul G. Allen
Founder and Chairman of the Board, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
With lifetime giving of more than $1.5 billion, Paul G. Allen has become one of the best-known philanthropists in the country.
Mr. Allen is a technologist who started Microsoft with Bill Gates, a childhood friend, in 1975. He is also founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., the company that oversees his business and philanthropic efforts. His multibillion-dollar investment portfolio includes a major real estate redevelopment in Seattle's South Lake Union neighborhood, professional sports teams, and holdings in dozens of companies.
Mr. Allen, who has pledged to leave a majority of his estate to philanthropy, gives back to the community through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation as well as with direct gifts, including $26 million in 2010 to Washington State University for the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. In 2003, he created the Allen Institute for Brain Science to accelerate understanding of the human brain in health and disease. With a commitment of $500 million to date, Mr. Allen supports the Seattle-based nonprofit's large-scale research initiatives that fuel discovery throughout the scientific community.
In 2004, Mr. Allen funded SpaceShipOne, the first privately-backed effort to put a civilian in suborbital space and capture the Ansari X-Prize. In 2011, Mr. Allen founded Stratolaunch Systems, which is developing an innovative airborne launch system.
His independent film company, Vulcan Productions, has won numerous awards for feature films and documentaries. Idea Man, Mr. Allen's 2011 memoir, was a New York Times bestseller.
Mr. Allen is also founder of Seattle's critically acclaimed EMP Museum; the Flying Heritage Collection, an assemblage of World War II aircraft; and the Living Computer Museum, a collection of restored vintage computers.
Learn more at www.paulallen.com.