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Paul Allen, Co-Founder Of Microsoft, Is Dead At 65
Allen passed in Seattle, Washington from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two weeks after Allen announced that he was being treated for the disease.
“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level,” Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, said in a statement on behalf of his family. “He was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.”
Allen founded Microsoft with Bill Gates back in 1975, several years after the two met as fellow students at a private school in Seattle. Allen left the company approximately 7 years later in 1982 after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” Microsoft founder Bill Gates said in a statement Monday about his longtime friend’s passing. “Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.”
Paul also bought two professional sports teams: the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, and was involved with both until his death.
“Paul Allen was the ultimate trailblazer,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement, adding that Allen was one of the league’s longest-tenured owners. “He was a valued voice who challenged assumptions and conventional wisdom.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell referred to him as the “driving force” behind keeping the NFL in the Pacific Northwest.In a statement, Goodell said Allen “worked tirelessly alongside our medical advisers to identify new ways to make the game safer and protect our players from unnecessary risk.”
Also known for being a philanthropist–who Forbes
says was worth $20.3 billion
at the time of his death–Paul Allen donated more than $2 billion to charity throughout his life.