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February 09, 2014

No. 11: Paul Allen

Amount donated in 2013: $206-million

Top beneficiary: Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Other notable gift: EMP Museum

Background: Mr. Allen founded Vulcan Capital investment company and co-founded Microsoft.

Mr. Allen, 61, gave $200-million to his Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which supports arts and culture, education, and social-service programs, primarily in the Pacific Northwest.

The foundation awarded $38.7-million in grants last year, including $5.3-million to the National Philanthropic Trust to establish a fund that will support the development of a diagnostic tool, methodologies, and field evaluation in countries having the most trouble eradicating poliovirus. The philanthropy also awarded $3-million to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to support productions and to restore and maintain festival buildings, as well as smaller grants to other nonprofits.

Mr. Allen also gave $6-million to the EMP Museum, which is dedicated to pop culture, rock music, and science fiction. He created the Seattle museum in 2000.

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