Founder and Chairman, Vulcan Inc.
Founder, Allen Institute for Brain Science
Founder, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen creates and advances world-class projects and high-impact initiatives that change and improve the way people live, learn, work and experience the world through arts, education, entertainment, sports, business and technology. He co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, remained the company’s chief technologist until he left Microsoft in 1983, and is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. and chairman of Charter Communications. In addition, Allen’s multibillion dollar investment portfolio includes large stakes in DreamWorks Animation SKG, Digeo, Plains All American, real estate holdings and more than 40 other technology, media and content companies. In 2004 Allen funded SpaceShipOne, the first privately-funded effort to successfully put a civilian in suborbital space and winner of the Ansari X-Prize competition. Allen also owns the Seattle Seahawks NFL and Portland Trail Blazers NBA franchises.
With lifetime giving totaling nearly $1 billion, Allen has been named one of the top philanthropists in America. Allen gives back to the community through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, whose goal is to transforms individual lives and strengthen communities by supporting arts and culture, youth engagement, community development and social change, and scientific and technological innovation throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 2003 Allen announced a commitment of $100 million in seed money dedicated to brain research and unveiled the creation of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle.
Allen is also founder of Experience Music Project, Seattle’s critically-acclaimed interactive music museum, the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and Vulcan Productions, the independent film production company behind the award-winning feature HARD CANDY, the “Evolution” series on PBS, “The Blues,” executive produced by Martin Scorsese in conjunction with Allen and Jody Patton, and the six-part series, Rx for Survival – A Global Health Challenge. Learn more about Allen online at www.paulallen.com.