Paul Allen, cofounder of Microsoft alongside Bill Gates, died today due to complications stemming from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. A statement issued by Vulcan Inc., the organization behind Allen's philanthropy efforts, announced his death on behalf of his family.
In a statement, Jody Allen, Paul Allen's sister, issued the following statement on behalf of the family:
Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf stated:
Allen was a cofounder of Microsoft with Bill Gates at the company's inception in 1975, and the two had known each other since they were adolescents. Allen would later leave Microsoft in 1983 amid his battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a disease he would later go on to defeat.
Allen was one of America's wealthiest businessmen, with Forbes ranking him at number 21 with a net worth of $20.3 billion. Allen used his fortune to pursue a large variety of philanthropy efforts. something that fellow Microsoft co-founder Gates has also been increasingly focused on in recent years.
In a statement regarding Allen's death, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said:
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Hopefully one day machine learning will make cancer being life threatening a thing of the distant past.
There's an entire multi-billion dollar industry that has a vested interest in a cure never being found.
Even the world's richest are not infallible to cancer.
Damn I didn't know he had cancer but it's sad to see him pass.
May he RIP. I lost a family member to cancer and it sucks.
Well done Paul, a great legacy and body of work. I note Nadella said that Paul "created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world". Exactly so. Now if Nadella could only aspire to reach the same heights MS might have a future beyond the next quarter's fiscals.
A very generous man. Rest in Peace.
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