It's unusual for tech billionaires to wind up on gossip emporium TMZ.com, but Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen made a cameo on the AOL-owned site Monday when he happened to be standing next to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's now-famous post-Super Bowl makeout.
All eyes are on the celebrity power couple--yes, even more than usual--because of widespread reports that they were on the verge of a breakup. At the Super Bowl, where the two were rooting for the victorious New Orleans Saints, they were engaged in some fairly evident damage control. And Paul Allen factors into it...somehow. On Sunday, they were sharing a VIP box in the Miami stadium. U.K.-based tabloid The Sun reported that they "spent a romantic night" on an Allen-owned yacht.
Not surprising, as Allen is a well-known Brangelina BFF. Two years ago, the couple was photographed at Allen's vacation home in St Jean Cap Ferrat, France, when Jolie was pregnant with twins. Gossip outlets have reported that Allen met Jolie in 2004 when she was working on the movie "Shark Tale"--produced by DreamWorks, the Hollywood outlet that Allen infused with $500 million at its inception in 1994. He upped his investment in the Steven Spielberg-headed studio a few years later.
Allen is not the only Microsoft billionaire to make it into the gossip press recently: Bill Gates, the company founder-turned-philanthropist, was photographed dancing on a table at a late-night party at the Sundance Film Festival that was sponsored by Microsoft's Bing search engine.
Seattle tech blog TechFlash notes that it's good to see Allen, who now runs a company called Vulcan Ventures, out and about enjoying the game, as he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma late last year.