Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. Since leaving the company in 1983, he has whittled his 28 percent stake to less than 2 percent, collecting more than $20 billion along the way. The proceeds have been reinvested through his investment company, Vulcan, which has holdings in energy, entertainment, cable, real estate and technology.
Paul G. Allen’s claims that 11 companies including Google Inc. and Apple Inc. infringed his business’s online-shopping technology will remain on hold while the U.S. government reviews the quality of the patents, a judge ruled.
Billionaire Paul G. Allen ’s research business awoke from a decade-long slumber to seek compensation from 11 companies including Google Inc. and Apple Inc. for its “groundbreaking” contributions to the Internet economy.