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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