November 29, 2017

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Paul G Allen

Trusted Insight Selects Top 30 Chief Investment Officers: Top Female Performers include Candice Beaumont, Melissa Cheong, Suzi Kwon Cohen, McCall Cravens & Terra Fuller

Cision PR Web

The list of the Top 30 single Family Office Chief Investment Officers include Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s CIO Chris Orndorff, Trent May, the CIO of 1888 Management, the family office of Charles & David Koch, Andrew Eberhart, CIO of Heinz Family Office, Alan Chang who runs Jeff Skoll’s family office Capricorn Investment Group, Brad Briner Co CIO of Willett Advisors the family office than manages Michael Bloomberg’s philanthropic assets, Chuck Chai, CIO of Hillspire, the family office of Eric Schmidt, Chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, Frederic Martel, CIO of Claridge which manages the wealth of Charles Bronfman.

Dennis Javer, President of Dolan Family Office, Andrew Cohen, CIO of Cohen Private Ventures, the family office of S.A.C. Capital founder Steven A. Cohen, J.T. King, CIO of Nonami, the family office of Tom Cousins, Sam Levinson CIO of Glick Family Investments, Michael Larson, who has managed wealth for Bill Gates since 1994 and is both CIO of Cascade Investments, as well as being responsible for investments of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust. Candice Beaumont is Chief Investment Officer who runs L Investments, a single family office with an endowment style portfolio of public and private equity….


Bill Gates sent his 3 kids to the same $33,000-a-year private school in Seattle where he met his Microsoft cofounder at age 13

Business Insider

Bill Gates may not be leaving much of his $89 billion fortune to his three kids, but he is setting them up to follow in his footsteps.

Gates was born and raised in Seattle, Washington, and enrolled at Lakeside School, a private day school located on the shores of Lake Washington, when he was 13. While there, Gates discovered a love of computers and met Paul Allen, with whom he later co-founded Microsoft…


A couple bought one of the most exclusive streets in San Francisco for $90,000 ‘ now the city is making them give it back

Business Insider

The median home value in the Presidio Heights neighborhood tops $4.8 million, according to real-estate site Zillowmore than four times the median home value for San Francisco.”No one, regardless of who they are, should be deprived of their property without due process of the law,” said Scott Emblidge, an attorney representing the homeowners’ association.The Board of Supervisors voted 7-4 to reverse the sale of Presidio Terrace, which prompted residents watching the hearing from an overflow room at City Hall to cheer.

But the fate of Presidio Terrace remains hazy. Lam and Cheng told TIME ahead of the hearing that they planned to pursue ownership through the courts if the sale was rescinded.Shepard Kopp, attorney for the buyers, expressed his disappointment with the outcome.”Sadly, the seven members of the board who voted to rescind this sale have demonstrated that you get a different standard of government in San Francisco if you are rich and politically connected,” he wrote in a statement.SEE ALSO: Inside the most expensive zip code in America, where tech moguls like Eric Schmidt and Paul Allen have their mansionsJoin the conversation about this story  Inside the exclusive multimillion-dollar San Francisco street that a couple bought for $90,000…


Book-It Repertory Theatre’s Musical Adaptation of HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE Begins Tonight

Broadway World

As Founding Co-Artistic Director of Book-It Repertory Theatre, Myra has helped produce over 125 world-premiere mainstage productions and over 30 education touring productions. Her adapting credits include The Brothers K, Parts One and Two, Little Bee, The Financial Lives of the Poets, The Art of Racing in the Rain, The River Why, The House of the Spirits, Giant, and Owen Meany’s Christmas Pageant (with Jane Jones).

She has directed more than 20 productions, most recently The Brothers K, Little Bee, and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2014 Gregory Award for Outstanding Production, Seattle Times Footlight Award). She’s the recipient (with Jane Jones) of Paul G. Allen Family Foundation’s Founders Award, the 2010 Women of Influence from Puget Sound Business Journal, and was named a 2010 Unsung Hero and Uncommon Genius by The Seattle Times…


Inside the most expensive zip code in America, where tech moguls like Eric Schmidt and Paul Allen have their mansions

Business Insider

But it isn’t anywhere. Atherton is an idyllic town located on the San Francisco Peninsula, where even modest homes go for millions of dollars. With a median list price over $9.6 million, it is the most expensive zip code in America, according to a new ranking by Forbes.

“Atherton is the epicenter of Silicon Valley money and it only has ultra-high end properties,” said Michael Simonsen, CEO of Altos Research (which partnered with Forbes on the ranking)
It’s no surprise that tech billionaires – including Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, former HP CEO Meg Whitman, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt – come home to Atherton’s 94027. The town’s prestige, privacy, and proximity to major tech companies draw ultra-rich homebuyers, who often pay all cash and bid hundreds of thousands of dollars above asking price…


The argument against the ‘one-and-done’ draft rule is an avalanche of lies

Sporting News

That’s not uncommon. It happens with actors majoring in theater all the time. It happened in the technology business with Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Larry Ellison, Mark Zuckerberg and Michael Dell, who are now worth a combined $266 billion.

This is what Emmert told the Times about one-and-dones: ““We have a model at the N.C.A.A. that’s predicated upon students wanting to be students — that they want to be college students, they want to participate in a college experience, and they want to play college basketball — and their desire to play in the NBA is subordinate to that.”…


The New Hobby of the Super-Rich: Hunting Aliens


In the robber-baron era, the pinnacle status symbol for the super-rich was having one’s name on a library or a university, à la Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller or Andrew W. Mellon. Nowadays, that status symbol — at least for a certain segment of the Silicon Valley elite — is a radio telescope.

The SETI Institute, SETI being an acronym for “Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence,” is the premier international organization tasked with scouring the skies for potential signals from alien civilizations. Currently, the SETI Institute is funded largely by individual donors — and the list of major donors reads like a who’s who of tech wealth. Among the SETI Institute’s biggest contributors: billionaire luminaries like the late William Hewlett and David Packard, namesakes for the Hewlett-Packard Corporation; Gordon Moore, co-founder of Intel; Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder; and Yuri Milner, the Russian-born venture capitalist with his fingers in many of Silicon Valley’s pies. Aside from all being billionaires, all of the aforementioned work or worked in tech in some capacity…


Vulcan Inc.

What’s The Future Of Impact Investing?

Huffington Post

Courtney Blodgett, Impact Investing Program Officer for Vulcan Inc.
“Impact investing and philanthropy are two sides of one coin. When thinking about how to make philanthropic projects like bringing electricity to rural communities or opening up access to the internet in Africa, a sustainable business model is a critical component to long-term viability. We think that the future of impact investing boils down to four core principles:

* Innovation – Apply technology and new business models to create social impact.
* Impact – Measure for impact and ROI.
* Information – Utilize foundational data to guide funding decisions and project scope.
* Integration – Balance funding and giving choices to achieve best solutions for impact and longevity…


Allen Distinguished Educators

UW students win Amazon’s inaugural Alexa Prize for most engaging socialbot

UW News

A team of University of Washington students and faculty has won Amazon’s inaugural Alexa Prize, a university competition designed to produce an artificial intelligence agent capable of coherent and sustained conversation with humans.

The UW team developed Sounding Board, a conversational agent designed to provide engaging and informative conversation and to transform how people interact with everyday devices in their homes. The team from the UW Department of Electrical Engineering and the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering took home the $500,000 first prize, which will be shared among the students…


Two UW professors elevated to IEEE Fellows

UW News

Two faculty members in the University of Washington College of Engineering have been elected as 2018 fellows of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Tom Furness, a professor of industrial and systems engineering, was honored for “leadership in virtual and augmented reality” and Siddhartha “Sidd” Srinivasa, professor in the Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering, was recognized for “contributions to robotic manipulation and human-robot interaction.”…


Great Elephant Census

Here’s why hunters can now bring African elephant tusks into the U.S.


Here’s why hunters can now bring AfAfrican elephants — the planet’s largest land mammals — are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, which is managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service. The animals have been listed with that status since 1978.

According to the Great Elephant Census, undertaken by a team of ecologists and biologists who spent years surveying the expansive African savannah in airplanes, the population of African elephants decreased by 30 percent in 15 of 18 countries studied between 2009 and 2016, which include both Zambia and Zimbabwe.rican elephant tusks into the U.S…


Trump’s indecision on trophy hunting reignites heated debate

Mongabay News

Overall, the benefits of trophy hunting to wildlife conservation have been “greatly overstated,” according to McCann. His evidence: trophy hunting revenue provides less than two percent of wildlife tourism revenue in Africa and less than one percent of tourism jobs.

He is convinced that if trophy hunting for elephants in Zambia and Zimbabwe is opened up, the U.S. will be sending a “mixed signal” on its willingness to combat the ivory trade, which is decimating elephants across the continent. According to the great elephant census, the savanna elephant population has dropped by 30 percent in just seven years. But the forest elephant population has probably been hit even harder with one study finding that forest elephants – believed by many to be a distinct species – fell by 60 percent between 2002 and 2011…


Portland Trail Blazers

Should The Portland Trail Blazers Re-Sign Jusuf Nurkic To A Huge Contract Next Summer?

Oregon Sports News

When Jusuf Nurkic was traded from Denver last season, the Portland Trail Blazers pulled off the most one-sided heist of the season. Not only did they acquire a high-end starting center, Portland even convinced Denver to throw in a first-round pick. All they had to give up was Mason Plumlee — a player who played Nurkic’s position — and a cheap second-round pick.

Nurkic played terrifically last year after the Blazers snatched him from the Nuggets. He supplied the Blazers with an interior scorer who could screen for their talented backcourt, and he vastly improved their defense. The Blazers won 14 of their final 20 games with The Bosnian Beast and snuck into the playoffs…