Paul G. Allen at Flying Heritage Collection, April 2013
|Born||Paul Gardner Allen
January 21, 1953
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
|Residence||Mercer Island, Washington, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Washington State University (dropped out)|
|Occupation||Chairman and Founder Vulcan Inc.
Owner Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers
Part-owner Seattle Sounders
Founder Allen Institute for Brain Science
Founder Allen Institute for Cell Science
Founder Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence
|Net worth||US$18.6 billion (August 2016)|
|Parent(s)||Kenneth Sam Allen
Edna Faye Allen
|Relatives||Jody Allen (sister)|
The possible is constantly being redefined, and I care deeply about helping humanity move forward.
If you think about making a difference in the community, my family has always had a strong interest in the arts. I'm always interested in finding ways to innovate… It's a blend; it's not a point focus.
While I sign off on trades or free agents, I've rarely overruled my basketball people's decisions. But I'm not shy about steering the discussion or pushing deeper if something doesn't make sense to me.
Technology is notorious for engrossing people so much that they don't always focus on balance and enjoy life at the same time.
I am very excited to be supporting one of the world's most visionary efforts to seek basic answers to some of the fundamental question about our universe and what other civilisations may exist elsewhere.
When it comes to helping out, I don't believe in doing it for the media attention. My goal is to support the organizations that need help.
That would be such a life-changing thing, for us all to know that there are other beings out there who we could potentially communicate with, or maybe we are listening to a signal that they transmitted hundreds of millennia ago.
Traditionally, Seattle has been a great sports town and great football town. What the Huskies have achieved over the years has been pretty amazing. That's how I got my first taste of football – when I went with my father to Husky Stadium.
As a species, we've always been discoverers and adventurers, and space and the deep ocean are some of the last frontiers.
I grew up around books. When I first held the book and it was a substantive, tangible thing, and I thought of all the work that went into it, not just my work but everybody else's and the research and so forth, there's a sense of really have done something worthwhile.
What should exist? To me, that's the most exciting question imaginable. What do we need that we don't have? How can we realize our potential?
In the first eight or so years at Microsoft, we were always chained to our terminals, and after I got sick the first time, I decided that I was going to be more adventurous and explore more of the world.
You look at things you enjoy in your life, but much more important is what you can do to make the world a better place.
In global warming, I think everyone is scratching their heads – are there technological things that can be brought to bear that can make a difference?
With documentary-film projects, you hope you highlight an area of concern people haven't thought about before. A lot of times, I'm asking myself – 'This seems to be a significant problem. What can be done that hasn't been done?'
The best museums and museum exhibits about science or technology give you the feeling that, hey, this is interesting, but maybe I could do something here, too.
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.
In my own work, I've tried to anticipate what's coming over the horizon, to hasten its arrival, and to apply it to people's lives in a meaningful way.
Once you become an owner of a team, you get so much more into the sport and you can't help it. So I really love NFL football now to the degree of following it much more than I did previously.
In the computer industry, you've got an interdisciplinary team of people who can come together, attack the problem, and work in a collaborative style. You knock down one problem after another, cobble things together, and then hopefully turn the crank at some point.