Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies aged 65
Allen and Bill Gates founded Microsoft Corp in 1975
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died at the age of 65 from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Photograph: Getty Images
Allen’s company Vulcan Inc said in a statement that he died on Monday. Earlier this month Allen said the cancer he was treated for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned.
Allen, who was an avid sports fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks.
Allen and Gates founded Microsoft Corp in 1975. Microsoft’s big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp decided to move into personal computers. IBM asked Microsoft to provide the operating system. The decision thrust Microsoft onto the throne of technology and the two Seattle-natives became billionaires.
Both later dedicated themselves to philanthropy. Over the course several decades, Allen gave more than $2 billion to a wide range of interests, including ocean health, homelessness and advancing scientific research.