• October 31, 2014

No. 31: Paul G. Allen

Paul G. Allen Philanthropy 50 February 2011 Photo

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Paul G. Allen

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Paul G. Allen

Amount donated in 2010: $32.3-million:

Biggest beneficiary: Washington State University

Donor’s background: Mr. Allen founded Vulcan, an investment company in Seattle, and helped establish Microsoft, in Redmond, Wash.

Mr. Allen, 58, pledged $26-million to Washington State University, in Pullman, for a variety of programs and building projects in its School for Global Animal Health, which is focused on the study of infections that are transmitted from animals to humans.

The university plans to use some of the money to hire more research scientists for the global animal-health school over the next 10 years and establish research programs in Africa, with a goal of improving the ability of African countries to respond to animal-borne diseases.

The donor paid $6.7-million toward the pledge in 2010.

Mr. Allen also gave a total of $6.3-million to several nonprofit groups, including the Experience Music Project, a museum he established in 2000 that is dedicated to rock music; the Science Fiction Museum, which he started in 2003; and the Allen Institute for Brain Science, all of which are in Seattle, as well as the Flying Heritage Collection, an Everett, Wash., museum that primarily displays World War II-era combat aircraft.

—Maria Di Mento

Previous Appearances on the list

Year

Rank

Total donated or pledged

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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