Paul Allen, Seahawks' quiet rocker, right on time

Fri Jan 30, 2015 11:51am EST
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By Bill Rigby

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen has the knack of being in the right place at the right time.

He was the man who persuaded Seattle school-friend Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard and in 1975 create a company called 'Micro-Soft.'

And he was the man Seattle turned to in 1997 when Seahawks owner Ken Behring was preparing to take the franchise to Southern California.

Allen, an avid basketball fan who already owned the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, never planned on buying a football team.

"I was called to the National Football League out of civic duty," Allen said in his memoir, "Idea Man."

Both moves ended up rather well for Allen.

His 30 percent stake in Microsoft Corp - they dropped the hyphen - made him one of the richest men in the world, despite the fact he only worked there for the first eight years.

And the $194 million he stumped up to buy the Seahawks is now worth about $1.3 billion after the Super Bowl victory last year.   Continued...

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll celebrates alongside owner Paul Allen (left) following their victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 28-22 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports