Management

Paul G. Allen
Chairman, Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Inc.

Growing up in the Northwest, Paul G. Allen’s passion for football was kindled at a young age while attending University of Washington football games with his father. As the years passed, he developed a fondness for the Seattle Seahawks, his hometown NFL team. After purchasing the franchise in 1997, Allen set his sights on creating a playoff-caliber team and building a world-class, multifunctional stadium for the state of Washington.

“From the beginning of this process, my goals have been to work with the community to create a lasting asset for our future and to ensure the long-term success of the Seahawks,” said Allen when he purchased the franchise.

Both goals have been realized. CenturyLink Field & CenturyLink Field Event Center, which opened in 2002 as Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center, is a world-class facility that many argue is the best stadium in the NFL. In addition to Seahawks games, the venue hosts more than 300 events annually, including Major League Soccer matches, Supercross, concerts, graduation ceremonies and trade shows. The stadium’s unique architecture – combined with the passion of the Seahawks’ fan base – provides a definite home-field advantage: fans at CenturyLink Field have set the Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor stadium on two separate occasions and the stadium has seen more false starts by opposing quarterbacks than any other venue in the NFL.  The fans’ ardent support of their team has also caused multiple registered seismic events in recent years.

Allen’s ownership style is simple: he does what it takes to put the right people in the right place, provides them with tools for success and then lets them do their jobs. His approach has paid off: The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014.

“Look around at the 12th Man flags flying today and savor a moment that Seahawks fans have been waiting for since 1976,” said Allen at the Seahawks’ championship celebration. “I can’t say how proud I am that the Seahawks are able to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy home to Seattle.”

Allen has spent his career tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Through both for-profit and philanthropic investments, he has sparked important developments and innovations in the areas of science, technology, education, conservation, the arts and community improvement. Mr. Allen first made his mark in 1975, when he co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, and he continues to be an innovator in the world of business and technology to this day. Mr. Allen is founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which oversees his philanthropic and business interests, he owns the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers and is part of the primary ownership group for Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle’s Major League Soccer team.

With lifetime giving totaling more than $1.5 billion, Mr. Allen is one of the world’s leading philanthropists; he has pledged to donate the majority of his fortune to charity. Most of Mr. Allen’s giving is channeled through The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which supports innovative initiatives that have the potential to make significant, measureable impacts, but he also gives directly, including a $26 million gift to Washington State University’s School for Global Animal Health in 2010.
In addition to his business and philanthropic efforts, Mr. Allen has a true love of science. In 2003, he created the Allen Institute for Brain Science to accelerate understanding of the human brain. The Institute has generated groundbreaking online public resources, including interactive atlases of the mouse and human brains that have become indispensable research tools for scientists worldwide. In 2012, Mr. Allen pledged $300 million to significantly expand the Institute’s scientific programs. In 2013, he launched the Allen Institute for the Artificial Intelligence to explore critical questions in AI. 

Growing up in the era of the Space Race, Mr. Allen has always been intrigued by the possibilities presented by space exploration.  Mr. Allen underscored his passion for rocketry by sponsoring the development of SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded spacecraft to successfully enter suborbital space. In 2011, Mr. Allen got back into the space business with the formation of Stratolaunch Systems, an organization which is developing an innovative airborne launch system.
Mr. Allen is also one of the great conservationists of our time. Responding to the highest rate of elephant mortality in history, he is advancing The Great Elephant Census, the largest pan-African aerial survey since the 1970s, which will provide new information critical to the species’ future survival.

Mr. Allen is the founder of the EMP Museum, Seattle’s critically acclaimed interactive music, pop culture and  science fiction museum; the Flying Heritage Collection, a collection of rare WWII aircraft and artifacts restored to working condition; the Living Computer Museum, a collection of restored vintage timesharing computer equipment; and Vulcan Productions, the award-winning media company that develops and supports media projects that help audiences understand and respond to challenges facing the world around them.

Growing up in the Northwest, Paul G. Allen’s passion for football was kindled at a young age while attending University of Washington football games with his father. As the years passed, he developed a fondness for the Seattle Seahawks, his hometown NFL team. After purchasing the franchise in 1997, Allen set his sights on creating a playoff-caliber team and building a world-class, multifunctional stadium for the state of Washington.

“From the beginning of this process, my goals have been to work with the community to create a lasting asset for our future and to ensure the long-term success of the Seahawks,” said Allen when he purchased the franchise.

Both goals have been realized. CenturyLink Field & CenturyLink Field Event Center, which opened in 2002 as Seahawks Stadium and Exhibition Center, is a world-class facility that many argue is the best stadium in the NFL. In addition to Seahawks games, the venue hosts more than 300 events annually, including Major League Soccer matches, Supercross, concerts, graduation ceremonies and trade shows. The stadium’s unique architecture – combined with the passion of the Seahawks’ fan base – provides a definite home-field advantage: fans at CenturyLink Field have set the Guinness World Record for noise at an outdoor stadium on two separate occasions and the stadium has seen more false starts by opposing quarterbacks than any other venue in the NFL.  The fans’ ardent support of their team has also caused multiple registered seismic events in recent years.

Allen’s ownership style is simple: he does what it takes to put the right people in the right place, provides them with tools for success and then lets them do their jobs. His approach has paid off: The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2014.

“Look around at the 12th Man flags flying today and savor a moment that Seahawks fans have been waiting for since 1976,” said Allen at the Seahawks’ championship celebration. “I can’t say how proud I am that the Seahawks are able to bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy home to Seattle.”

Allen has spent his career tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges and pushing the boundaries of what’s possible. Through both for-profit and philanthropic investments, he has sparked important developments and innovations in the areas of science, technology, education, conservation, the arts and community improvement. Mr. Allen first made his mark in 1975, when he co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, and he continues to be an innovator in the world of business and technology to this day. Mr. Allen is founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which oversees his philanthropic and business interests, he owns the National Basketball Association’s Portland Trail Blazers and is part of the primary ownership group for Seattle Sounders FC, Seattle’s Major League Soccer team.

With lifetime giving totaling more than $1.5 billion, Mr. Allen is one of the world’s leading philanthropists; he has pledged to donate the majority of his fortune to charity. Most of Mr. Allen’s giving is channeled through The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, which supports innovative initiatives that have the potential to make significant, measureable impacts, but he also gives directly, including a $26 million gift to Washington State University’s School for Global Animal Health in 2010.
In addition to his business and philanthropic efforts, Mr. Allen has a true love of science. In 2003, he created the Allen Institute for Brain Science to accelerate understanding of the human brain. The Institute has generated groundbreaking online public resources, including interactive atlases of the mouse and human brains that have become indispensable research tools for scientists worldwide. In 2012, Mr. Allen pledged $300 million to significantly expand the Institute’s scientific programs. In 2013, he launched the Allen Institute for the Artificial Intelligence to explore critical questions in AI. 

Growing up in the era of the Space Race, Mr. Allen has always been intrigued by the possibilities presented by space exploration.  Mr. Allen underscored his passion for rocketry by sponsoring the development of SpaceShipOne, the first privately funded spacecraft to successfully enter suborbital space. In 2011, Mr. Allen got back into the space business with the formation of Stratolaunch Systems, an organization which is developing an innovative airborne launch system.
Mr. Allen is also one of the great conservationists of our time. Responding to the highest rate of elephant mortality in history, he is advancing The Great Elephant Census, the largest pan-African aerial survey since the 1970s, which will provide new information critical to the species’ future survival.

Mr. Allen is the founder of the EMP Museum, Seattle’s critically acclaimed interactive music, pop culture and  science fiction museum; the Flying Heritage Collection, a collection of rare WWII aircraft and artifacts restored to working condition; the Living Computer Museum, a collection of restored vintage timesharing computer equipment; and Vulcan Productions, the award-winning media company that develops and supports media projects that help audiences understand and respond to challenges facing the world around them.