Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, and the owner of NFL’s Seattle Seahawks plus NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers has died at the age of 65 from cancer-related complications. His sister Jody Allen has confirmed the sad news through a statement prepared by his family on Monday.
On 1st October, Allen had announced in a Twitter post that the cancer he had defeated in 2009 had come back. He had seen a doctor then and had started his treatment and was optimistic about seeing good results. He also expressed his appreciation for the support he had received in the fight against the cancer challenge.
Shortly after receiving the news of Paul Allen, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a statement of condolence to the bereaved family, appreciating the indispensable contribution that Allen has made to the company. The CEO pointed out how the co-founder, in his own mission and tenacity created wonderful products, institutions and experiences that have since changed the world.
Allen, alongside Bill Gates co-founded Microsoft in 1975 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In 1983, after his first cancer diagnosis, he left the company. Even though his relationship with Bill Gates did not remain the same after that, he remained to be a great part of the Microsoft company as well as a greater shareholder, which is what has contributed much to his wealth.
Paul Allen was a renowned philanthropist. He was listed by Forbes magazine as the world’s 21st richest man, with a worth of over $21.3 billion. He however lived alone, with no family. He lived his life giving back to the society, with more than $2 billion of his wealth donated out to the less fortunate, according to Forbes. The magazine even reported that in 2010, he had announced of a possibility to leaving all his wealth to charity upon his death.
Allen loved sports. In a memoir he wrote of the purchase of Seahawks, he said that sports are what bring communities together. He had a long history with people of Seattle; therefore by buying Seahawks, he was keeping the team in Seattle, just what the community deserved.