21. Paul allen

Forbes - - FORBES 400 -

$20.3 bil­lion  Self-made Score: * Source: mi­crosoFt, in­vest­ments age: 65 reS­i­dence: mercer is­land, Wa Phi­lan­throPy score: The Mi­crosoft co­founder spends his time on his sports em­pire—which in­cludes the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers and Seat­tle Seahawks—and phi­lan­thropy. To date, Allen, who left Mi­crosoft af­ter just 8 years when he was di­ag­nosed with Hodgkin’s disease, has given more than $2.5 bil­lion to char­ity. His eclec­tic causes in­clude pre­serv­ing en­dan­gered wildlife, un­der­stand­ing the hu­man brain and sup­port­ing art fes­ti­vals. His Stra­to­launch plane, the largest air­craft ever built, is de­signed to launch rock­ets while the plane is in flight.

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