Billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen passed away on Monday.
He died at the age of 65 in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two weeks after publicly revealing that he was being treated for the disease.
His sister, Jody Allen released a statement on behalf of the family saying:
“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.“
Allen founded Microsoft (MSFT) with Bill Gates in 1975, several years after the two met as fellow students at a private school in Seattle. Allen left the company in 1982 after he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates in a statement on Monday said:
“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen. Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him. He was fond of saying, ‘If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.’ That’s the kind of person he was.“
Allen, after leaving Microsoft, stayed on the company’s board of directors for several years while establishing his own philanthropic foundation, along with Vulcan, his investment firm.
He bought two professional sports teams: the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks. He was involved with both until his death.
Allen was an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist who influenced many aspects of modern life — from technology and science to sports and music.
Allen never married and had no children.