• November 23, 2014

No. 3: Paul G. Allen

No 3: Paul G. Allen 1

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Paul G. Allen

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Paul G. Allen

Amount donated in 2011: $372.6-million

Biggest beneficiary: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Other key beneficiary: Allen Institute for Brain Science

Donor’s background: Mr. Allen founded Vulcan investment company in Seattle, and co-founded Microsoft.

Mr. Allen, 59, gave $295-million to endow his Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which supports arts and culture, education, and social-service programs, primarily in the Pacific Northwest. The foundation gave nearly $4-million last year, including $500,000 to the Historical Society of Seattle and King County, for a new museum; $400,000 to the Lake Washington School District, in Redmond, Wash., for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs; $250,000 to the Urban Institute, in Washington, to conduct an evaluation of low-cost housing and human-services in Portland, Ore.; $240,000 to the Shorebank Enterprise Group Pacific, in Ilwaco, Wash., for computer support, and a loan program for Native American entrepreneurs; and $225,000 to FareStart, a Seattle food bank, to expand the group’s job-training program for homeless adults.

On top of the donation to his foundation, Mr. Allen gave $70-million last year to the Allen Institute for Brain Science to support the Seattle institute’s neuroscience and genomics-research programs. Mr. Allen established the brain institute in 2003.

In addition, the philanthropist donated $7.6-million to the Experience Music Project, a museum he established in 2000 that is dedicated to rock music, and to the Science Fiction Museum, which he started in 2003. Both are in Seattle.

—Maria Di Mento

Previous Appearances on the list

Year

Rank

Total donated or pledged

2010

31

$32.3-million

2009

11

$85.0-million

2008

30

$55.9-million

2007

43

$46.0-million

2006

42

$52.8-million

2005

24

$49.0-million

2004

18

$71.9-million

2003

6

$158.0-million

2002

14

$73.7-million

 

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