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Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. In June 2017, he was estimated to be the 46th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.1 billion.
Allen is the founder and Chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his various business and philanthropic efforts. Allen has a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other companies. He owns two professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and is part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer in 2009.
He is the founder of Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Institute for Cell Science, and Stratolaunch Systems.