Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder alongside with Bill Gates back 1975, has passed away. His decease comes as a result of complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65 at the time of his passing.
In the wake of his passing Microsoft released a statement via Twitter. They called Allen’s contributions to the company, industry, and community “indispensable.” Apple CEO Tim Cook too paid tribute to Allen as a “pioneer” and “force for good,”. Also Google CEO Sundar Pichai expressed thanks to Allen for his “immense contributions to the world through your work and your philanthropy.”
Statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the passing of Paul Allen: pic.twitter.com/1iLDLenLKz
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) October 15, 2018
Allen left Microsoft in 1983 following a diagnosis for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, although he remained on the board of directors until 2000. Despite leaving the company during its relatively early days, he was extraordinarily wealthy, with an estimated net worth in excess of $20 billion. He founded the privately held company Vulcan in 1986 to oversee his business development and philanthropic efforts.
Allen was also the owner of the professional basketball team, the Portland Trailblazers. That was not the sports involvement Allen had. He also owned the football team Seattle Seahawks. Both teams paid tribute to the late Allen through their respective social media outlets.
We miss you.
We thank you.
We love you. pic.twitter.com/rxkn1IjJ0R
— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) October 15, 2018
Your leadership inspired us.
We thank you.
We love you. pic.twitter.com/3iOYFRIc14
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) October 16, 2018
In the year 1975, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, both Allen and Gates began marketing a BASIC programming language interpreter. Allen came up with the original name of “Micro-Soft,” according to a 1995 Fortune magazine article.
After that, the rest is history.
Rest in peach Paul Allen.