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 ...Contact us to see more Biography
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Over the years, Allen has held stake in various companies through Vulcan, including Audience, High Speed Access, RCN, Shaman Pharmaceuticals, and SumTotal Systems.Contact us to see more Interesting Facts
Interests, Passion, Hobbies
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Aviation
Description: Allen created the Flying Heritage Collection, a museum to display his collection of restored World War II aircraft. Allen owns more than 20 vintage World War II fighter jets through Flying Heritage Collection. His collection includes a Grumman F6F Hellcat, a Fieseler Fi 103 V-1, a Scaled Composites SpaceShipOne, a Hawker Hurricane Mk.XIIA and a Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero. In 2013, he bought a Wernher von Braun-designed V-2 rocket to be exhibited at the Flying Heritage Collection. Vulcan has leased a 2001 Bombardier Global Express and owns a 2011 Bombardier Global Express XRS and a 2014 Gulfstream G-650.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Science - Space
Description: In April 2015, Allen through his investment vehicle Vulcan founded Vulcan Aerospace, a company focusing on improving access to space. The company also plans to launch satellites and space programs for people in collaboration on a project with Huntsville, Alabama-based space transportation company Stratolaunch Systems.
Kind of Interests, Passion and Hobbies: Art
Description: He has an art collection reportedly worth more than $250 million. He is a regular attendee of the Venice Biennale, a prestigious art festival held in Italy every two years.
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. In April 2017, Allen through his foundation the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation pledged $30 million to provide permanent housing facility to more than 100 low-income and homeless families in Seattle, Washington.Contact us to see more Philanthropy
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