Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft together with Bill Gates and chaired Vulcan Inc., succumbed to complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on 16th October in Seattle at the age of 65.
Born in Washington State in 1953, Allen attended high school and college and later dropped out of Washington State University in the 70s to co-found Microsoft with Bill Gates who was then his high school friend.
Paul was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009 and seemed to have recovered but on 1st October 2018, he informed the World that the illness had reoccurred through a tweet.
“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friend, Paul Allen,” a sad Bill Gates said in a statement adding that from their early days at Lakeside School, through their partnership in the creation of Microsoft and to some of their joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and a dear friend to him.
Bill said that personal computing would not have existed without his Microsoft partner, Paul.
Allen’s did not limit himself to the Microsoft business and explored his talents in the music industry where he released an album ‘the under thinkers’ in 2013.
Paul Allen’s interests spread to aviation research, professional sport teams and brain research. He owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks. He also owned Seattle’s Cinerama Theater, Portland’s Moda Center and London’s Hospital Club.
Allen’s philanthropy spread across too as he founded Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture and donated over 1.5 billion dollars to numerous organizations after he joined billionaires, Gates and Warren Buffett, in Giving Pledge in 2010.
“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Jody Allen said in a statement on behalf of the Allen family.
“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,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella mourned the technologist in a statement.
CEO’s across the globe sent their condolences including former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer who tweeted, “Paul was a truly wonderful, bright and inspiring person and a great friend. I will miss him.” Apple CEO Tim Cook tweet read as follows; “everyone at Microsoft” — which historically was a major Apple rival — saying in a tweet, “Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good.” Amazon’s Founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos also sent his condolences to the Allen family through a tweet that read as follows; “His passion for invention and pushing forward inspired so many. He was relentless to the end. My heart goes out to Paul’s family and friends.”
To the man that has left us Microsoft and provided jobs to billions of people, directly and indirectly, as Soko Directory family we say REST IN PEACE PAUL ALLEN.