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Paul Gardner Allen born January 21, is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. Allen is the founder and Chairman  of Vulcan Inc. Allen 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: Gates explained his official status with Harvard that, " I was officially on [a] leave [of absence]. He still owns a reported million shares. This proved critical to Allen becoming a billionaire after Microsoft went public.
Allen confirmed that he was the sole investor behind Burt Rutan 's Scaled Composites ' SpaceShipOne suborbital commercial spacecraft on October 4, 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 plans to ultimately host six to ten missions per year. It is the company within Paul Allen's Vulcan Inc. Allen reflect on a mission accomplished in Allen's Vulcan Real Estate division offers development and portfolio management services, and is known for the redevelopment of the South Lake Union neighborhood immediately north of downtown Seattle.
He purchased the arena on April 2,and stated that this was a major milestone and a positive step for the franchise. 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. 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. The films have also been nominated for Golden Globes  and Academy Awards  among many others. InVulcan Productions co-produced the Richard E. Robbins-directed film Girl Rising  which tells the stories of girls from different parts of the world who seek an education.
Also inVulcan Productions signed on as a producing partner of Pandora's Promise a documentary about nuclear power, directed by Oscar-nominated director Robert Stone. A variety of college and private screenings as well as panel discussions have been hosted throughout the country. Allen Family Foundation was established to administer a portion of Allen's philanthropic contributions. The institute makes research tools available to the scientific community using an open data model.
Founded inthe Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence AI2 main focus is to research and engineer artificial intelligence. Project Aristo is working to build an AI system capable of passing an 8th grade science exam. The institute is investigating and creating a virtual model of cells in the hope of bringing forth treatment of different diseases.
Allen Frontiers Group aims to discover and support ideas at the frontier of bioscience in an effort accelerate the pace of discovery. Allen launched the Allen Distinguished Investigators Awards ADI in to support scientists pursuing early-stage research projects who often have difficulty securing funding from traditional sources.
Allen has a flower fly named after him for his contributions to Dipterologycalled 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.
The Great Elephant Census team is flying over 20 countries to survey the African savannah elephants with hopes that the accurate and up-to-date data will spur immediate protective actions and long-term conservation management plans. Allen began supporting the University of British Columbia 's Sea Around Us Project in to improve data on global fisheries as a way to fight illegal fishing.
Launched in JulyPaul Allen is funding the Global FinPrint initiative, a three-year survey of sharks and rays in coral reef areas. The survey is the largest of its kind and designed to provide data to help conservation programs. Survey results will be made available in summer Allen backed Washington state initiative 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,and passed. Created inthe 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 SocietyPaul Allen hosts its proprietary SeaKeeper TM oceanographic and atmospheric monitoring system on all three of his megayachts. He also created a website called TackleEbola. 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. State Department to help safely evacuate healthcare workers who might fall ill to infectious diseases such as Ebola.
In Octoberthe Paul G. On August 7,they tried again and recovered the bell in very good condition. On August 18,Allen's Research Vessel located another major historical artifact: The Allen-led research team found the ship nearly 5, meters below the surface, resting on the floor of the North Pacific Ocean.
Over the years, Paul Allen has established several non-profit community institutions that feature his private collections of historic artifacts.
InAllen founded the Seattle Art Fair, a four-day event with plus galleries from around the world including works from the Gagosian GalleryDavid Zwirner and many others. The event drew thousands and inspired other satellite fairs throughout the city. Allen, a former associate director of the University of Washington library system. Allen Library Endowment after Allen's mother a noted bibliophile died.
Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering. The gift is the largest private donation in the university's history. The centers would fund research that would read and write the morphogenetic code.
Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering. Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 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. Paul Allen received his first electric guitar at the age of sixteen, and was inspired to play it by listening to Jimi Hendrix. February 7, an interview with Quincy Jones was released by Vulture online magazine.
Referencing his Hendrix-like play, the article mentions a jam session on a yacht with Stevie Wonder. The yacht is equipped with two helicopters, a submarine, an ROVa swimming pool, a music studio and a basketball court. Allen has loaned Octopus for a number of operations. Most notably, Octopus was used in the search for a missing American pilot and two officers whose plane disappeared off Palau  and the study of a rare fish called a coelacanth among many others.
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 Tatooshwhich is one of the world's largest yachts. In Januaryit was reported that Tatoosh allegedly damaged coral in the Cayman Islands. InAllen purchased a platform supply vessel and christened it RV Petrel. Paul Allen has received various awards recognizing many different areas including sports, philanthropy, and the arts:. InAllen's memoir Idea Man: 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 Manwhich included a new epilogue, came out on October 30, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Paul Allen, see Paul Allen disambiguation. Allen at Flying Heritage Collection in April History of Microsoft and Microsoft. Retrieved July 31, Retrieved August 12, Retrieved July 6, Retrieved March 31, Archived from the original on March 6, Retrieved November 10, Retrieved August 4, Allen Institute for Cell Science.
Retrieved April 18, A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft. Bill Gates explaining that his departure from Harvard was reversible if Microsoft had failed. Bill Gates wrote a lot of stuff; Paul Allen wrote some other stuff. We had talked about a lot of different names back in Boston, and at some point I said, 'Well, the totally obvious name would be Microsoft.