PAUL ALLEN 1 - Introduction Paul Gardner Allen (born...

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Introduction Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American computer programmer and entrepreneur who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates. Allen regularly appears on lists of the richest people in the world. In March 2008, Forbes ranked him as the 41st richest man in the world while in September 2008, the magazine placed him 12th on its list of the richest Americans with a net worth estimated at $16 billion. Founded one of the world's most lucrative and influential companies, the Microsoft Corporation, in 1974, The Company’s products revolutionized personal computing and made founders Allen and Bill Gates billionaires. Allen left the company in 1983 due to illness, and has since invested in a wide variety of projects in the technology, entertainment, sports, and aerospace fields. In addition, he has contributed substantial amounts of money to various charities and research organizations. Paul Allen is the world's most obscure celebrity, its hippest geek, its most flamboyant introvert. He is also one of its most successful dropouts. The other is Bill Gates, Allen's Seattle high school chum, with whom he founded a company called Microsoft in 1975. Having made his fortune as innovatively as he did, Allen has always been diligent about spending it just as imaginatively. He bought the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA to keep them in his beloved Pacific Northwest, and he bankrolled Spaceship One, winner of the Ansari X Prize for the first private manned spaceflight. Most promisingly, he established the Allen Institute for Brain Science, which has produced an atlas of gene activity in the mouse brain, mapping 20,000 genes so far. Nobody, arguably, needs to know that much about the brain of the mouse, but science always needs to know more about the human brain, and since the first often serves as such a fine template for the second, Allen's work can help advance the entire neuroscience field. Shy in personality but dashing in vision, Allen shows how a
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thoughtful billionaire can make the world not just a better place but also a far more interesting one. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc. , which is his private asset management company, and is chairman of Charter Communications . Allen also has a multibillion dollar investment portfolio which includes large stakes in DreamWorks Animation SKG , Digeo, real estate holdings, and more than 40 other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns three professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League , the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association , and the Seattle Sounders FC franchise in Major League Soccer that will begin playing in the 2009 season. Early years
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