He also owns the Portland Trail Blazers and is the 37th richest person in the world. He also founded the Allen Spinal Cord Atlas to provide the potential for researchers to unlock the mysteries of the spinal cord and how it is altered during disease or injuries. One of his other medical projects is the Allen Institution for Brain Science which is a non profit medical research company. The information from the Brain Atlas is open and free for the public to use.
In 2009 he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma cancer. In case you missed it, this is the challenge from Bill Gates and Warren Buffett with donating to charity, the challenge.
Bill Gates & Warren Buffett – Call for Philanthropy To Give 50% of Their Fortunes To Help Others With “The Giving Pledge”
I wonder if we will see any rich bankers join the group, think there’s any chance? BD
Billionaire Paul Allen has taken his friend Bill Gates up on his challenge to publicly pledge the majority of his wealth to philanthropy.
Paul G. Allen, owner of the Seattle Seahawks, attends a Seahawks game in Seattle in December. Allen was undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Allen, who is 57, said today that he plans to leave the majority of his $13 billion estate to philanthropy to continue the work of his foundation and to fund scientific research. It was also a way of marking the 20th anniversary of the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which he started in 1990 with his sister, Jo Lynn Allen, and has since given 3,000 grants totaling about $400 million.
Allen said he has planned to do that for many years, but he had not gone public with his intentions until now.