Paul G. Allen
Entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has owned the Portland Trail Blazers for 30 years, and during that time the Trail Blazers have achieved at levels that few NBA teams have surpassed. Just one season after Allen acquired the National Basketball Association franchise from Larry Weinberg, the Trail Blazers made it to the NBA Finals and were back in the championship round two years later. In the years since Allen acquired the team, the Trail Blazers have posted an impressive 1,356-1,056 (.562) regular-season record and have been in the playoffs 23 times.
In addition to the Trail Blazers, Allen owns the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and is a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders FC in Major League Soccer.
Allen established himself as an innovator and entrepreneur as a teenager, launching his first programming business while still in high school. A few years later, as the idea man and original technologist behind Microsoft, Allen helped pioneer the PC software industry – a development that ultimately enabled billions of people to use computers for the first time.
In the decades since, Allen has used his resources to tackle a wide range of challenges, and to expand the horizons of human knowledge. His contributions are focused on some of the world’s biggest challenges and toughest problems, such as brain and cell research, climate change, ocean health, wildlife preservation, as well as pandemic preparedness and prevention, among others. Allen is also committed to his hometown. In March 2017, Allen announced his pledge of $30 million for an innovative, permanent housing and onsite services community to help address the Seattle area’s homelessness crisis. In recognition of Allen’s broad philanthropy, as well as his leadership in fighting the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, he was awarded the prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2015. All told, Allen’s philanthropic contributions exceed $2 billion.
“We live in an age of big challenges,” Allen said. “But I choose optimism. With the right team, anything is possible.”
Learn more about Allen online at paulallen.com