With a net worth estimated at $17.5 billion, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has all the trappings of wealth. As it turns out, however, what Allen really wants to do is make movies.
More specifically, what interests the 63 year old billionaire—who owns mansions, yachts, a submarine and two pro-sports teams in the form of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers—is producing documentaries with a socially conscious bent. With his new venture, Vulcan Productions, he can scratch that aspiration off his bucket list.
Vulcan Productions focuses exclusively on global environmental and health pandemics, such as carbon emissions, ocean and mass species extinction. In a partnership with RYOT films, the company's latest effort is a short film called "Body Team 12," about a team of Liberian Red Cross workers tasked with removing bodies during the height of the Ebola crisis.
According to Allen, despite tremendous progress, Ebola continues to be unpredictable and devastating opponent.
"Ebola is not somebody else's problem. It is our problem. What we do today, will save lives tomorrow."
The movie debuts Sunday at the Tribeca Film Festival, and Allen shares executive producer credit with actress Olivia Wilde.
Carole Tomko, creative director of Vulcan Productions, told CNBC that "It is our hope that this profoundly moving film will raise awareness and support for the ongoing Ebola relief effort, while breaking the stigma and misconception surrounding the disease, and inspiring others to volunteer."