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Paul Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American technology visionary, businessman, investor, and philanthropist. Alongside Bill Gates, he co-founded Microsoft in 1975.
In March 2018, he was estimated to be the 44th-wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.7 billion. Allen was the founder and Chairman of Vulcan, which managed his various business and philanthropic efforts. He had a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, scientific research, real estate holdings, private spaceflight ventures, and stakes in other sectors.
He owned two professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association, and was part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer in 2009