Paul G. Allen


Entrepreneur and philanthropist Paul G. Allen has owned the Portland Trail Blazers for 29 years, and during that time the Trail Blazers have achieved at levels that few NBA teams have surpassed. Just one season after Mr. 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 Mr. Allen acquired the team, the Trail Blazers have posted an impressive 1,307-1,023 (.561) regular season record and have been in the playoffs 22 times.

Mr. Allen first made his mark when he co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, and he continues to be an innovator in the world of business and technology. He is founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which oversees his philanthropic and business interests, owns the 2014 Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League, and is part of the primary ownership group for Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle’s Major League Soccer team.

With a lifetime giving totaling more than $2 billion, Allen has spent his career tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Through his for-profit and philanthropic investments, he has sparked important developments and innovations in science, technology, space, education, conservation, community and the arts. For example, since 2003, Mr. Allen has invested more than $500 million in groundbreaking brain research, primarily through the Allen Institute for Brain Science. More recently, he launched the Allen Institute for Cell Science and the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

In recognition of Mr. Allen’s broad philanthropy, as well as his leadership in fighting the 2014 Ebola epidemic in West Africa, the Carnegie Corporation awarded him its prestigious Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy in 2015.

“We live in an age of big challenges,” Mr. Allen said, “But I choose optimism. With the right team, anything is possible.”

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