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Paul Allen
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Entrepreneur
    (January 21, 1953- )
    Met Bill Gates at Lakeside high school
    Dropped out of Washington State University (1974)
    Programmer for Honeywell, Inc.
    Founded Microsoft with Bill Gates (1975)
    Helped developed the MS-DOS operating system, Windows, Microsoft Word, and the Microsoft Mouse
    Quit Microsoft after developing and defeating Hodgkin's disease (1983); retained a vast amount of Microsoft stock
    Founded Starwave, a highly successful internet producer (1992)
    Resigned from Microsoft's board of directors (2000)
    Runs Vulcan Ventures, a venture capital firm
    Owner of three sports teams and several radio stations
    Net worth is over $20 billion
    Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from PC Magazine (1997)
    Member of the Computer Museum Hall of Fame
    He still lives with his mom.
    He engages in more lavish spending than Bill Gates.
    He missed out on many of Microsoft's major projects.
    Along with Gates, he hacked into the computer their high school rented.
    A Google search of 'paul allen' only turns up 132,000 results compared to 3,030,000 for 'bill gates.'
    He spends a lot of his money on questionable ventures such as spaceship projects and the search for extraterrestrial life.
    He founded several failed businesses.
    He envisioned the Internet way before it was actually created.
    He finances biotech research.
    He usually doesn't brag about his huge wealth.
    The personal computer probably exists in its current form in part due to his work at Microsoft.
    He built a huge music history museum in Seattle.
    He donates a lot of money to charity.
    He bought and renovated large parts of old Seattle.

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