Paul Allen was an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. Among the critical moments of his career was establishing the Microsoft company with Bill Gates as a partner.
Paul Allen and Bill Gates founded the company Microsoft in 1975. Since then the company registered huge success and became one of the historic companies of the technology industry.
In 1980, IBM asked Allen and Gates to provide the operating system for its first PCs, thus transforming the two men into billionaires.
Both Allen and Gates did philanthropy work and supported causes such as science, history, health and protecting wildlife and the environment.
Paul Allen invested in different industries along the years. Sectors such as finances and technology, aerospace, real estate, sports or filmmaking.
Making the world a better place was Allen’s commitment. He proved this passion several times over the years by investing or starting foundations.
Science and research were the passions of Allen. Together with Gates, or on his own, Allen invested several hundreds of millions in research.
Paul Allen pledged $100 million toward the fight to end the Ebola virus in West Africa. Similarly, the Paul G.
Allen Frontiers Group, received the support of $100 million to explore the landscape of bioscience and fund ideas at the frontier of knowledge to advance science.
“To make the kind of transformational advances we seek and thus shape a better future, we must invest in scientists willing to pursue what some might consider out-of-the-box approaches at the very edges of knowledge…This of course entails a risk of setbacks and failures.
But without risk, there is rarely significant reward, and unless we try truly novel approaches, we may never find the answers we seek”(Paul Allen, 2016).
“In my experience, each failure contains the seeds of your next success– if you are willing to learn from it.”
“You’ve got to enjoy time with your family and friends, and if you’re involved in sports franchises, those peak moments in playoff games. You have to enjoy life.”
A man with diverse passions in life, from guitar, film, yachting and investing, Paul lived his life without fears.
He did his best to make the world a better place and for that he will be remembered and honored.
Paul Allen has died of cancer at the age of 65, on October 15, 2018.