Perhaps the second most famous billionaire from Microsoft, Paul Allen has begun to pour his money into "creative and risky" science.
"Paul Allen has unveiled the next big thing in his growing suite of science philanthropy initiatives, with an initial $100 million going toward edgy bioscience research. Initial grantees are leaders in exciting new areas of research like CRISPR gene editing technology and synthetic biology.
"The initial seed funding from the Microsoft billionaire will launch the Paul G. Allen Frontiers Group, which will support investigators and research centers doing work that is particularly creative and risky, but could potentially reshape entire fields of work. It’s not unlike the approach of funding high-risk work that we see among other science funders like Keck and Moore foundations, and is a new tack for Allen, known mostly for huge efforts more narrowly defined by subject."--Tate Williams, Inside Philanthropy