Allen Institute founder Paul G. Allen, 1953-2018

“Paul’s vision and insight have been an inspiration to me and to many others both here at the Institute that bears his name, and in the myriad of other areas that made up the fantastic universe of his interests. We honor his legacy by carrying out our mission of tackling the hard problems in bioscience and making a significant difference in our respective fields.” 

- Allan Jones 
President Emeritus, Allen Institute 

Paul G. Allen

With lifetime giving totaling over $2.65 billion, investor and philanthropist Paul G. Allen spent his career tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. Through both for-profit and philanthropic investments, Allen sparked important developments and innovations in the areas of science, technology, education, conservation, the arts and community improvement.

Allen, who co-founded Microsoft in 1975, mapped new frontiers and fueled exploration across a broad range of areas as the chairman of Vulcan, the Seattle-based company that he co-founded with his sister Jody Allen to oversee his business and philanthropic portfolio. Allen’s vision forwarded projects such as the redevelopment of Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood and founding three museums including Seattle’s MoPOP. He also owned the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association.

Allen is included among the world’s leading philanthropists who, through the Giving Pledge, will dedicate the majority of their fortunes to charity. His giving was channeled through the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, and through direct gifts. In 2003, he founded the Allen Institute, beginning with the Allen Institute for Brain Science. The Allen Institute’s scientific mission has grown over the years to include the Allen Institute for Cell Science, The Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, the Allen Institute for Immunology and the Allen Institute for Neural Dynamics, all working in unison to unlock the complexities of bioscience and advance our knowledge to improve human health.

A tribute to our founder