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Paul Gardner ALLEN

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Estimated Net Worth:
At least $19.8 billion
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21 January 1953
United States
Seattle, Washington, United States
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Allen started his career in 1974, as a Programmer at Honeywell. In 1975, he co-founded Microsoft with William Gates. At Microsoft, he served in various positions from 1975 to 1983. In 1983, he quit Microsoft but continued to serve on its board until 2000. In 1986, Microsoft went public. Currently, he holds less than 5% stake in Microsoft. In 1986, he founded Vulcan, his private investment vehicle. Through Vulcan, he manages his various business interests. Allen owns more than 20 vintage World War II fighter jets through his Flying Heritage ...

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Education History

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Lakewood School
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High School
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Interesting Facts

In November 2016, Allen sold his 1963 painting of a war jet, known as "Dusenjager," for $25.5 million.

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Interests, Passion, Hobbies

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Real Estate
Description: Allen reportedly has a collection of real estate properties across the world. He owns around 11 mansions on the Mercer Island, Washington and several other properties in California, Hawaii, New York and in French Riviera.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Animals
Description: Allen is reportedly financing a campaign aimed at imposing penalties for illegal wildlife trafficking. The Initiative 1401, which was launched in April 2015, aims to protect 10 endangered species: elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers, lions, leopards, cheetahs, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays. In May 2015, he donated more than $300,000 to kick start the initiative.

Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Technology - Social Networks
Description: He has an active Twitter account. His Twitter handle is @PaulGAllen.

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Giving Profile: Generous philanthropic donor gives primarily to educational, health and human causes. Lifetime giving exceeds $2 billion. Notable gifts include: $100 million to Allen Institute for Cell Science. In 2012, he pledged $300 million towards the Allen Institute for Brain Science and in 2014, pledged $100 million to fight Ebola. Chairman of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation. In 2013, the foundation had assets exceeding $330 million and donated more than $16 million; gives primarily to educational, health and human causes. Notable gifts include: $12.5 million to SETI Institute, $5 million to Seattle BioMed, $4 million to Global FinPrint, a conservation project focused on the preservation of sharks worldwide, and $7 million in grants to a team of researchers who are working on new ways of combating Alzheimer's disease. In October 2015, Allen announced an additional $11 million in grants to institutions fighting against Ebola, out of which $2.1 million was awarded to Chembio Diagnostics Systems. Other recipients include: Chembio Diagnostics Systems, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), Becton, Dickinson and Company, and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND). In March 2016, Allen pledged $100 million to launch Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, a Seattle, Washington-based biotech research group that would focus on funding bio-science researchers.

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