Space mogul identified as secret buyer of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen’s private island


This week information emerged that Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen had sold his private island north of Seattle for $8 million to an undisclosed buyer. Now the buyer has been identified, and it seems that he and Allen have one thing in widespread: They’re each within the house biz.

The buyer is Eric C. Anderson, the aerospace engineer-turned-entrepreneur and investor, in line with a report today in the Journal of the San Juan Islands. The newspaper doesn’t cite a supply for the knowledge. We’ve despatched a message to Anderson, and we’ll replace this put up relying on what we hear again.

So who’s he? Anderson is the co-founder of the Space Adventures house tourism firm and the Planetary Resources asteroid mining firm. He additionally co-founded the Planetary Power power expertise firm and serves as CEO of Intentional Software, the expertise firm based by Charles Simonyi, the daddy of Microsoft Phrase.

He’s an enchanting man with a variety of pursuits, as we realized when he joined us as one of the audio system at our GeekWire Summit this 12 months. And now he’s the proprietor of the 292-acre Allan Island (named for a U.S. struggle hero, by the way in which, not for the Microsoft co-founder).

The island, close to Anacortes, Wash., is accessible solely by airplane or boat. Right here’s how the real-estate itemizing described it: “Get pleasure from excellent constructing websites with seashores overlooking Rosario Strait, the Olympic Mtns, & Strait of Juan De Fuca. Log-style residence for caretakers quarters situated close to the dock with water, septic, and generator.”

The San Juan newspaper stories that Anderson purchased the island together with a gaggle of private buyers. The funding entity that was used to buy the island, AI Project LLC, was fashioned too not too long ago for its principals to be on file with the state.

Earlier stories stated the buyer deliberate to construct 10 to 12 houses on the property. Tere Foster, the real-estate agent who represented the beforehand undisclosed buyer, told The Seattle Times in its authentic report, “The imaginative and prescient for this property is will probably be a small neighborhood for good family and friends.”

Allen, whose ventures embrace house transportation firm Stratolaunch Systems, purchased the island in 1992. He was planning to construct a trip residence there, however he finally determined to develop the venture on one other island. He initially listed Allan Island for $25 million in 2005, however was pressured to make a number of value reductions, as the recession damage the marketplace for private islands.

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