Paul Allen Ebola donation: $100 million.

Billionaire Paul Allen Will Donate $100 Million to Ebola Battle

Billionaire Paul Allen Will Donate $100 Million to Ebola Battle

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Oct. 23 2014 4:15 PM

Billionaire Paul Allen Will Donate $100 Million to Ebola Battle

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Paul Allen in 2007.

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Paul Allen—the Microsoft co-founder who's worth about $17 billion, owns the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers, and has a yacht so large it carries two helicopters and a submarine—will give $100 million to organizations battling the Ebola outbreak, he says. Among the intended uses of the money, per the New York Times:

  • A University of Massachusetts Medical School program providing "training, medical workers and lab equipment" to Liberia.
  • The development, in partnership with the State Department, of evacuation and containment units.
  • Funding the World Health Organization's coordination of medical personnel deployment.
  • Funding the evacuation of infected medical personnel.
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Allen has made previous donations to public health causes, including an attemt to develop an Ebola vaccine at Kansas State University. He's also created a website called TackleEbola that directs small donations to current projects in need of funding.