American innovator, investor, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft Paul Gardner Allen has an estimated net worth of $19.9 billion as of 2017, according to Forbes. This rose to an estimated $20.3 billion as of October 2018.
Paul was born on January 21 1953 in Seattle, Washington. He studied at the Lakeside School, where he met Bill Gates. They shred a common enthusiasm for computers. He went to Washington State University, but dropped out in order to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston.
Allen and Gates founded Microsoft in 1975. He spearheaded a deal for Microsoft to purchase a Quick and Dirty Operating System (QDOS) written by Tim Paterson. This transaction enabled Microsoft to secure a contract to supply DOS that would eventually run on IBM’s PC line. This contract was a watershed in Microsoft’s history. Allen was with Microsoft for eight years. He began distancing himself from the company after his 1982 illness.
Paul Allen is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc, an organization that manages his business and philanthropic efforts. His investment portfolio includes real estate holdings, tech companies and media companies.
Allen never married, but has had girlfriends. He owns Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers. This two-time cancer survivor has donated more than $1.5 billion, including $500 million to his Allen Institute of Brain Science.