Paul Allen... moments from a life well lived
A perfect SAT score
No real surprise here-- Paul Allen earned a perfect 1600 on his SAT before attending Washington State University. His co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates earned a 1590. Other celebrities to have earned near a perfect score include: Bill O’Reilly with a 1585 and Ben Stein with a 1573.
The founding of Microsoft in 1975
Paul Allen along with his childhood friend founded the Microsoft Corporation on April 4th of 1975 with Gates as the CEO in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The original name of "Micro-Soft" was first suggested by Allen. Microsoft moved to a new home in Bellevue, Washington in January 1979.
Buys Trail Blazers and Seahawks
Paull Allen ventured into the professional sports world in the late 80s. Allen purchased the Portland Trail Blazers in 1988 from California real estate developer Larry Weinberg. Allen bought the team for $70 million.
Allen then purchased the Seattle Seahawks in 1996 after former Hawks owner Ken Behring threatened to move the team to Southern California. Allen kept his hometown team from moving.
Institute for Brain Science
In September of 2003, Allen launched The Allen Institute for Brain Science. He made $100 million contribution to the institute, which is “dedicated to understanding how the human brain works.” Since 2003, Allen has reportedly donated $500 million to the institute. That marks his single largest philanthropic beneficiary program of all-time.
Paul Allen's love for flying and space are well known. In 2004, he funded the first ever privately funded venture that put a human into suborbital space. Allen's team won the $10 million Ansari X Prize for their effort. The prize was originally announced in 1996 for the first private organization to fly above the Earth's atmosphere, twice, and return safely to Earth.
One of the biggest yachts
You can't talk about Paul Allen without talking about his Yacht! In 2003, Allen launched his 414' Yacht, the Octopus. The vessel featured two helicopters, a submarine, a swimming pool, a music studio and a basketball court among many other amenities. A list published in 2007, rated the Octopus as the 3rd longest in the world.
Donates half his fortune
In 2010, Paul Allen stepped up to the philanthropic challenge started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, when he declared that at least half of his estate would go to charity. "I want to announce that my philanthropic efforts will continue after my lifetime," said Allen in 2010.
Award winning films
Paul Allen also got into the film making industry and was very successful. In 2014 alone, Allen's film, We The Economy, won 12 awards including a Webby award for best Online News & Politics Series. The films were also nominated for Golden Globes and Academy Awards.
In October of 2014, Paul Allen donated $100 million to the fight against Ebola, which had killed thousands of people at that point and crippled Western Africa.
Allen intially had said he would donate about $26 million to nonprofit groups, but with the $100 million donation that made him one of the largest individual donors in the Ebola crisis.
Winning a Super Bowl
Allen's most recent sports accomplishment came on the football field when the Seattle Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014. The Seahawks steamrolled the Denver Broncos 43-8 behind 206 yards and and 2 TDs from Russell Wilson. The game is often remembered by Seattle's safety just 12 seconds into the game on Peyton Manning.
Related, Allen won the 2016 MLS Cup as a part owner of the Seattle Sounders.