Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passed away today at age 65 following complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, accordance with the report of CNBC. Allen earlier this month announced that he was again undergoing treatment for the cancer, which he was first treated for in 2009.
Allen is an American inventor, archaeologist and philanthropist, and own 2 professional teams, including the NFL Seattle Seahawks and NBA Portland Trailblazers. 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 cofounded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates. Allen left the company just 8 years later while being treated for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, though he remained a board member through 2000. In 2009, Allen began treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and it subsequently went into remission. Just two weeks ago, however, Allen said he was again undergoing treatment for the cancer.
In a statement given to ABC News, Bill Gates said he was “heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends.” He went on to commend his fellow co-founder for his life after Microsoft:
“From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.
But Paul wasn’t content with starting one company. He channelled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, “If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.” That’s the king of person he was.
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.”
Following his death, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said that Allen’s contributions to Microsoft and the tech industry were “indispensable.”
“Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry, and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world. I have learned so much from him – his inquisitiveness, curiosity and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft. Our hearts are with Paul’s family and loved ones. Rest in peace.”
Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, said his family remembers him as a “much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.”
“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.”
Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and others also shared memories and kind words for Allen.