Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer, he was 65

Paul Allen and Bill Gates

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Co-Founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma ( a type of cancer) on Monday afternoon. Allen’s Vulcan Inc. announced that he died in Seattle. He was at 65.

Jody, Allen’s sister said he was”a remarkable individual on every level.”

“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist. But for us, he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us and so many others. We are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”

Allen ranked among the world’s wealthiest individuals. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked 44th on Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion. Allen owned two professional sports teams. The owner of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and had a stake in Seattle’s Sounders soccer team.

Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf said, “All of us who had the honour of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today. He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems. He had the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.”

Earlier this month, Allen revealed that he had started the treatment for his disease. Allen was first diagnosed with this disease in 1983. He was treated for the same in 2009 also.

Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft with Allen, said that “personal computing would not have existed without him.”

He said, Paul loved life and those around him, and we all cherished him in return. He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come. I will miss him tremendously.”

Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Allen made “indispensible contribution to microsoft and the technology industry. He learned a lot from Allen and will continue to be inspired by him.”

As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions. In doing so, he changed the world,” Nadella added.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called Allen a “truly wonderful, bright and inspiring person.”


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