(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
Why he might be annoying
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.
Why he might not be annoying
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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Year In Review:
For 2017, as of last week, Out of 2 Votes: 100% Annoying
In 2016, Out of 23 Votes: 73.91% Annoying
In 2015, Out of 157 Votes: 61.78% Annoying
In 2014, Out of 17 Votes: 58.82% Annoying
In 2013, Out of 10 Votes: 50.0% Annoying
In 2012, Out of 43 Votes: 74.42% Annoying
In 2011, Out of 84 Votes: 52.38% Annoying
In 2010, Out of 23 Votes: 65.22% Annoying
In 2009, Out of 57 Votes: 40.35% Annoying
In 2008, Out of 44 Votes: 59.09% Annoying
In 2007, Out of 71 Votes: 61.97% Annoying
In 2006, Out of 119 Votes: 44.54% Annoying
In 2005, Out of 282 Votes: 52.48% Annoying
In 2004, Out of 283 Votes: 54.42% Annoying
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