Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American entrepreneur
and philanthropist who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates and is one
of the wealthiest people in the world. He is the founder and chairman
of Vulcan Inc., which is his private asset management company, and is
chairman of Charter Communications.
also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio which includes
stakes in Digeo, Kiha Software, 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 began playing in the 2009 season.