A Star Trek fan, he owns Captain Kirk's chair from the original TV series which now sits proudly in the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame he created in Seattle.As for Microsoft, he now concedes his old firm is way behind the curve, saying the company has suffered a 'decade of missed opportunities' while Apple, Google and Facebook stormed ahead in their respective fields.Guests — 'friends' might be going too far — included Jerry Hall, Francis Ford Coppola and Candice Bergen.Two years later, he trumped that with an £8 million extravaganza in which he flew 200 guests, among them Sir Paul Mc Cartney and Tom Hanks, to Helsinki and then on to St Petersburg at the cost of £860 per head per night.And that seems to be precisely Paul Allen's point in writing an autobiography — published this week — that has finally pulled him out from his former partner's shadow and exposed the abiding tensions between them.Gates would jeer at colleagues if they wanted to take time off, Allen adds.Monica Seles, famous tennis player and former stab victim, is engaged to marry Thomas Golisano, potential future Buffalo Bills owner and billionaire. Golisano and Seles both live happily in Florida, where he moved in 2009 after proclaiming to escape New York's high taxes.
He may be well behind his old sparring partner in the Forbes rich list — Gates is 2nd in the world while Allen has sunk to 57th on a trifling £8billion — but Allen punches well above his weight in opulence, spending incredible sums to enjoy one of the most lavish lifestyles of this age.He denied the charge and the case was settled out of court, but not before her lawyer had accused him of mistreating four other women — 'developing crushes, lavishing gifts and vacations on, and then firing, married female employees'.In 1998, Allen celebrated his 45th birthday with a week-long luxury cruise to Alaska that cost him £5.5 million.Still, sadly people don't seem to go to Allen bashes for the host's bonhomie and sparkling conversation. he's not good at being desperately interested in what other people are saying.' Allen has never married, but he has certainly had girlfriends.One guest told Allen's biographer, Laura Rich: 'He's not particularly gracious or particularly witty or particularly funny . Although he was once romantically linked with Jerry Hall, who joined him on his yacht in the south of France shortly after her break-up from Mick Jagger in 1999, the dalliance — if there was one — was short-lived.