The co-founder of Microsoft and brains behind many of the company’s early developments, Paul Allen, has died following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, aged 65.
Allen partnered with Bill Gates to create Microsoft in 1975, and was credited with pushing many of the ideas (including the name) the company went on to develop. He left in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, but remained on the board of directors for nearly two decades – as well as setting up Vulcan in 1986, a privately-held business and philanthropy venture.
Allen’s sister, Jody, said: “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.
“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. 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.”
“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen,” said Bill Gates in a statement.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said: “Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good. We send our deepest condolences to Paul’s friends, the Allen family and everyone at Microsoft.”
As well as owning the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks –and one of the world’s biggest superyachts – Allen was an active philanthropist, contributing billions of dollars to good causes around the world over the years, though with a particular focus on his beloved Pacific Northwest.