Paul Allen Fast Facts

Team owner Paul Allen of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with the Vince Lombardi trophy after defeating the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium on February 2, 2014, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

(CNN)Here is a look at the life of Paul Allen, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft.


Birth date: January 21, 1953
    Death date: October 15, 2018
    Birth place: Seattle, Washington
    Birth name: Paul Gardner Allen
    Father: Kenneth Allen, librarian
    Mother: Edna Faye (Gardner) Allen, teacher
    Education: Attended Washington State University, 1972-1974

    Other Facts:

    Owned a 414-foot yacht named Octopus that cost $200 million to build and is equipped with amenities such as a recording studio, helipads and two submarines.
    Also owned a 303-foot yacht named Tatoosh.
    Allen was a musician, having received his first guitar at 16.
    Had a minority stake in the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team.
    Owner of two professional sports teams, NFL's Seattle Seahawks and the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers.


    1968 - Allen meets fellow student Bill Gates in the computer lab at the private Lakeside School in Seattle.
    1974 - Drops out of Washington State to take a job at Honeywell in Boston.
    1975 - Allen and Gates found Microsoft (then called Micro-Soft) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Allen is the company's chief technologist.
    1977 - Gates and Allen sign a formal partnership agreement, giving Gates 64% of Microsoft and Allen 36%.
    1980 - Microsoft hires Steve Ballmer as its business manager.
    1982 - Diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease.
    1983 - Allen leaves Microsoft. Gates offers Allen $5 a share for his stake in the company. Allen counters with a demand for $10 a share. Gates rejects that offer and Allen leaves the company with all of his stock. He remains on the board of directors.
    1986 - Starts Vulcan Inc. to manage his business and philanthropic interests.
    1988 - Buys the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team.
    1988 - Establishes the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.
    1997 - Allen purchases the Seattle Seahawks football team.
    2000 - The EMP (Experience Music Project) opens in Seattle. The museum, funded by Allen, costs $100 million.
    2000 - Steps down from Microsoft's board of directors. By the end of 2000, Allen divests himself of $8.5 billion worth of Microsoft stock.
    2002 - Allen gives $14 million to the University of Washington to build the Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science and Engineering.
    2003 - Creates the Allen Institute for Brain Science "to accelerate understanding of the human brain in health and disease," after his mother is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Allen has given the institute more than $500 million since its inception.
    2004 - Funds SpaceShipOne, whose mission is to become the world's first commercial space vehicle.
    2004 - The Flying Heritage Collection opens north of Seattle, housing Allen's restored collection of World War II-era planes.
    July 15, 2010 - Signs the Giving Pledge, and commits to donate the majority of his wealth to charity.
    December 2010 - Gives Washington State University $26 million to build the Paul G. Allen School of Global Animal Health.
    April 19, 2011 - Allen's memoir, "Idea Man," is published. In the book, he claims Gates and Ballmer conspired to dilute Allen's shares in Microsoft and force him out of the company while he was recovering from cancer in 1982.
    August 2013 - Allen and his band, the Underthinkers, release an album called "Everywhere at Once."