Paul Allen the Microsoft co-founder died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday. Jody, Allen’s sister, called him a remarkable person on every level.
In a prepared statement Allen’s sister said that while most knew Paul as a philanthropist and technologist for the family he was a brother and uncle who was much loved and a very good friend. The statement continued by saying that for all the demands his schedule contained, Allen always made time for his family and friends.
Allen was amongst the wealthiest individuals in the world. As of Monday, he was ranked No. 44 on the 2018 Forbes list of billionaires and is estimated to have a net worth in excess of $20 billion.
Through Allen’s network of organizations and philanthropic efforts known a Vulcan, the co-founder of Microsoft supported research in new frontier technologies and artificial intelligence.
The group invested as well in the revitalization of parts of Seattle and the city’s cultural institutions.
Allen was the owner of two pro sports franchises, the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He was an electric guitarist who jammed on occasion with famous musicians including Mick Jagger and Bono and was a huge fan of music.
Allen funded as well as designed Seattle’s Experience Music Project, which is devoted to the history of rock music and was dedicated to Jimi Hendrix, Allen’s musical hero. The project has since been renamed the Museum of Pop Culture.
Bill Hilf the CEO of Vulcan said everyone who had the honor of knowing and working with Allen feel an inexpressible loss.
In early October, Allen announced that he had re-started treatment as he was also treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2009. Allen left Microsoft in 1983 when he was diagnosed the first time with Hodgkin’s disease which he was able to defeat.
Bill Gates, the co-founder with Allen of Microsoft said personal computing would not be here if not for Allen.
Gates added in his statement that he was heartbroken by the passing of Allen, who he called one of his dearest and oldest friends.
The two became friends at Lakeside School and that continued with their creation as partners of Microsoft and through some joint projects in philanthropy. Gates described Allen as dear friend and true partner.