Bruce Bastian

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Bruce Bastian is a philanthropist, WordPerfect co-founder and prominent LGBT rights supporter. Bastian is a generous supporter of the performing arts and serves on the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.[1] In 2010, in honor of Bastian's long term commitment to the arts, President Obama appointed him to the Presidential Advisory Committee of the Arts.[2]


Bruce Wayne Bastian was born in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was the fifth of six children in a conservative, Mormon family, and lived in Twin Falls until going to Utah to attend Brigham Young University in Provo. He received a B.A. in Music Education and an M.A. in Computer Science from BYU. After leaving BYU, Bastian and his faculty adviser, Alan Ashton, started a small software company offering word processing software on mini computers. In 1983, soon after the IBM Personal Computer was announced, Ashton and Bastian re-wrote their word processing product to run in the PC world. That product was named WordPerfect. WordPerfect became the best selling word processor in several regions of the world as well as the United States.

Since the merger of WordPerfect and NOVELL Corporation in 1994, Bastian has spent an increasing amount of time devoted to charitable causes and philanthropy. Bastian’s foresight and generosity have provided more personal and financial support to local GLBT organizations than any other single individual. He is also a major donor for several national GLBT organizations.

Bastian assumes a national political voice as he works on the Board of Directors of the Human Rights Campaign in Washington D.C. His lobbying efforts and co-chairmanship of the initiative to defeat the Federal Marriage Amendment demonstrate his dedication to educating the masses regarding gay civil rights issues.[3]

Bastian gave $364,000 in 2004 to defeat the Utah Marriage Amendment.[4]

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