Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, passed away at 65.
Paul Allen, founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975, has died Monday at 65.
His death was the result of complications stemming from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, it was confirmed by a statement from his company, Vulcan Inc.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued a statement this afternoon, lauding Allen’s accomplishments and noting that “[our] hearts are with Paul’s family and loved ones.”
“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”, Nadella added.
“He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact”, said Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf.
Steven Sinofsky, former president of Microsoft’s Windows division, said Allen “did so much to shape lives with computing and his later work in science, community, and research.”
Paul Allen ranked among the world’s wealthiest individuals. He was 44th on Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion.
He was also owner of an NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.