Paul Allen the co-founder of Microsoft breathed his last on Monday at the age of 65.
He cofounded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later became an investor, philanthropist and bought a sport team. He was suffering from cancer.
“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. Most knew him as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister Jody said while she announces his death.
Just two weeks ago, Allen revealed that he was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The incurable cancer affects white blood cells.
Allen never married in his life and had no children.
He was counted as one of the world’s wealthiest billionaires. He also founded Stratolaunch Systems which specializes in building world’s largest plane designed as a colossal rocket-launching aircraft which is called the future of space travel.
Just a few years ago, he bought the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, and became co-owner of the Major League Soccer team the Seattle Sounders along with a variety of business and charitable ventures.
He was a strong supporter of environment and climate safety. He had a personal charitable foundation which functions is a diverse array of causes, including anti-poaching initiatives in Africa, climate and energy research, and projects on homelessness, as well as the arts and culture.
While remembering Allen, Bill gates call him his oldest and dearest friend.
He specifically mentioned that personal computing would not have existed without him.
Allen had written a memoir in 2011, in which he talked about his stormy relationship with Gates in the early days of Microsoft. Allen was expecting a 50-50 split in the new company, but Gates insisted on taking 60 per cent, and later raised it to 64 per cent. Allen claimed in the book that Gates schemed to rip him off.
Allen left the company in 1983 on health issues but held on his shares which kept on multiplying his fortune which is estimated to be around $20 billion.
Allen left Microsoft by 1983 for health reasons but held on to shares that made up the bulk of his fortune, estimated at some $20 billion.