Is Microsoft Co-Founder Bidding For Newcastle?


There seems to be an American bidder in for Newcastle United and there is of course quite a bit of speculation on who that could be.

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Paul Allen – Microsoft co-founder and owner of 3 US sports teams

We have no idea, and things are being kept very secretive but one person who maybe interested in acquiring an English club is Paul Allen  – the co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates.

Currently Allen is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which is his private asset management company, and is chairman of Charter Communications.

Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio which includes stakes in Digeo, real estate holdings, and more than 40 other technology, media, and content companies. Allen co-founded Microsoft (initially called “Micro-Soft”) with Bill Gates in Albuquerque, New Mexico back in 1975.

The company first came to prominence in 1981 when IBM used them as the software in their first IBM PC.

Allen didn’t hang around for too long at Microsoft after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1983. His cancer was successfully treated by several months of radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant, but he elected not to return to the Seattle based software giant.

Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company’s executives. In 2000 he sold 68M shares of Microsoft stock and he still owns a reported 138M shares. They will be worth about $3.1B t yesterday’s closing price of $23.68 for Microsoft (MSFT) stock.

But the thing about Paul is that he is very interested in Sports and already has three American Sports teams:

  • Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League
  • Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association
  • Seattle Sounders FC franchise in Major League Soccer that began playing only this season

But quite a few Americans are interested in quickly getting on the band wagon of world football – or soccer as they call it over here – to differentiate it from American Football.

Paul may see buying Newcastle at a knock down £100M ($162M) a good deal, with the plan to get them quickly back into the Premier League.

If Paul did happen to buy Newcastle he could use the Seattle Sounders as a feeder team for the club. There will be more and more Americans playing Association Football in the years ahead, as the youngsters see the excitement and passion, not to mention the money, generated by world football.

According to Forbes Allen is the 32nd richest person in the world, worth about $10.5B (£6.5B) right now – and that is down from $16B a year ago.

Another American rumored to be interested  is Larry Ellison, CEO and co-founder of Oracle and a former IBMer would you believe.

He ‘s currently  listed on the Forbes list of billionaires as the 4th richest person in the world as of March 11, 2009 – worth around $22.5B (£13.9B)

Currently he’s getting ready to challenge for the Americas Cup in sailing.

Hopefully we’ll know shortly who the winner and new owners are.

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166 comments so far

  • Stardust

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone tell me where this came from?

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #2

    1st on behalf of Cooldj

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #3

    Damn Stardust 🙂

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Prefer Oil Sheiks me does.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #5

    I think 98 per cent of all these rumors are based on tittle tattle non seem to have any substance.

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  • alkinou

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Comment #6

    I think it’s far too big a speculation to even consider it as plausible. It might be him but it might aswell be Michael Jordan…
    I think you shouldn’t write article with that much guessing in it. (only my personal opinion…)

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  • Doocey

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Still rumors , no progress.
    Only progress it seems is Bassong’s exit from Newcastle..

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  • roscoe

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #8

    Its called speculation Stardust…

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  • ELFER

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #9

    Oh good, don’t let it be Larry Ellison!!

    This man is disgusting to say the least…he buys firms just for fun and becouse he wants to destroy them…funny thing is, that some very good employees leave to fund their own company and then Ellison goes out and buys them…just to destroy dreams…selfish! No, don’t want him!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Larry Ellison it is then 🙂

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #11

    elfer.

    i don’t think mike ashley useed to work for ellison. lol

    he would have the finacial clought we are looking for!

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  • ELFER

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #12

    m8s…we just (hopefully) waked up from our nightmare dream…don’t want to run in another one with Ellison on the helm 🙁

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  • ELFER

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #13

    newcastle29: I doubt that! He puts all his money (stupidly) into his sailing team. This reflects his character…a not grown frustrated boy!

    Funny is that we (switzerland) are the winners of the americas cup – and we do not have an ocean 😉 Why is this man so bad? Did someone destroy his childhood dreams?

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  • ELFER

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #14

    ED, did you distroy his sand castle as a child? 😉
    Have a feeling that it was MA…

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  • Stardust

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Ah – I see Roscoe – cheers – akin to “Tosh” then lol

    Why dont we randomly speculate on which other Americans it could be? That could keep us busy for a few years?

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  • ELFER

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    Hm, isn’t ED living in the US? 😉

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  • Micky Toon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #17

    I still think that Sting should put in a bid for us. He’s minted and he’s a Geordie. 🙂
    If I started this rumour, how long would it take to make the rounds do you reckon?

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  • Partizan

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    Gordon Ramsey will be the new owner 🙂

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  • MagpieStu10

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #19

    I’d be very surprised if he did – he’s a big pal of Dave Stewart’s from the Eurythmics, who’s a well known Mackem. You’d have to say it would be like a Geordie fan becoming manager at the Stadium of Sh*** 😉

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #20

    Sting 🙂
    His nanna lived in Howden near mine on holderness road.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #21

    I reckon a late bid from the Krankies. Toon Dabi Dozi.

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #22

    Arrrg
    Give it a rest man.
    GOD i know its a blog, but at least lets have a wild punt at Realisticly Possible people to takeover…..
    I mean, god…..
    It could be the Queen
    Sultan of Brunei
    The onassis Family
    Bill Gates
    That Buffet bloke and I dont mean from Lou’s Buffet king…
    King Midas

    It could be anybody….

    There is simply no point in coming up with suggestions, until we get a hint or an official word…….

    Hells bells we dont even know if one of the Consortia is American, that is all speculation also….the facts are, that we have been given By Lyin Lamby arse are that there are Four Consortia looking at the books……….No Nationalities, No Numbers and most importantly, no names………its ALL speculation!!

    Lets just wait and see how things pan out or we will be getting accused by Stardust / Spyro / Rangerman and the rest of the pro Cashley, of being too impatient and bringing the club too its knees with our impatientness if there is such a thing !!! LOL

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Jason, you’ll never be as cool as ‘cooldj’, as demonstrated. It’s time to face the music.

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    According to the Chronicle the players are due 10m in bonuses on the 30th June+we still owe on the Duff transfer?-it was only 5m what are we doing paying 1m a year+another instalment on the Martins transfer.
    Please anyone but Freddy Sheppard.

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  • lesh

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #25

    alkinou // Jun 18, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    I think it’s far too big a speculation to even consider it as plausible. It might be him but it might aswell be Michael Jordan…

    How about Michael Jackson?

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  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #26

    STING once said in an interview that he couldnt wait to get out of the North East, its a horrible place…..and the accent sounds so common.

    TW*T!!!!!

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #27

    Stardust, I think it could be an 80s TV star consortium comprising of Patrick Duffy, Lou Ferigno, David Hasselhoff, and Mr T.

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  • Macas35

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #28

    Stardust – Where’s the fun in printing cold hard facts all the time, I thought it was a good article personally.

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  • sirjasontoon

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Rod I agree Cool DJ is ice cool 🙂

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  • lesh

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #30

    Sting
    His nanna lived in Howden near mine on holderness road.

    Sting, Mr Sumner, claims to be a Geordie? What you mean Alan Price and James Bolam who trade on it but hate the place?

    Brian Johnson’s about the only one that’s not lost sight of his roots…. and his local bars, and his pop when he’s home.

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  • komfort

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #31

    well angrayman he still goes in the dunston excelsior on a sunday morning to watch the strippers..

    i know , i serve him his brown ale..

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  • Rodzilla

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #32

    …he’s as cold as ice, willing to sacrifice…

    …(any comment on NUFC)

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #33

    the magpie.

    bonuses for what? you only get them for doing something!

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  • Stardust

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #34

    Personally I would like Boss Hog to be owner – he’s American.

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #35

    All of this is just rumors. Remember the players we were linked with last year and everyone jumped on the bandwagon. Remember Arda Turan and Migel Veloso. haha and we got Xisco and Nacho Gonzalez ( byby NicoGF and good riddence).

    It is more likely that the american bid has much less money than them two guys.

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  • Partizan

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #36

    Robert Lewandowski would have been a ideal solution for the departing Owen.

    Carroll could take football lessons from this guy

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZsuxicOHoc

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  • newcastle29

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #37

    komfort.

    you idiot! he does’nt even have house here! however his brother phil is fond of strippers, mind you his bar did get shut down for it!

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  • DJG

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #38

    This is all a load of speculation, remember last year when everyone was convinced that Arda Turan was coming and what happened we got Nacho!

    We will probably get bought by some American consortium with £101M to buy the club and £1M to spend on players.

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  • dougnufc

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #39

    SO BORING!!!

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  • komfort

    Jun 18, 2009 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #40

    newcastle 29 , i give you an exclusive and you reduce me to tears.

    ..your a bad man.

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