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Four decades after co-founding Microsoft, the late Paul G. Allen was still exploring the frontiers of technology and human knowledge, and acting to change the future. Through his company Vulcan Inc., Mr. Allen was working to save endangered species, slow climate change, improve ocean health, share art, history and film, develop new technology, tackle epidemics, research how the human brain works and build sustainable communities. In all his endeavors, Mr. Allen constantly asked “What if…?” and pushed people to challenge conventional thinking, collaborate across disciplines and reimagine what’s possible.
As the idea man and original technologist behind Microsoft, Mr. Allen had used his wealth to expand the horizons of human possibility. All told, Mr. Allen's philanthropic contributions exceeded $2 billion. Even before becoming a member of the Giving Pledge, Mr. Allen committed to giving away the majority of his fortune. He invested in brain science and robotics research, retail space and outer space, documentaries and feature films, global health and local education.