Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and its Co-founder Paul Allen. Paul Allen has contributed a lot towards Microsoft since then. He has died at age of 65. The disease associated was non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Paul Allen was one of the richest man in the world. His personal net worth was just over $20 billion. Later in his life, when his involvement with Microsoft waned, Allen dedicated his life towards for humanity and became philanthropist. His donations were mainly for arts, research and exploration with a total of over $2 billion.
Paul Allen left Microsoft in early 1980s when he found out that he had cancer for the first time. He then had impact on Seattle life through his charity. He also owned Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. He wanted NFL to remain in the city.
Initially, he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982, this was after when he left Microsoft. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma disease later appeared in his life after 2000s. He also beat it in 2009, but it was earlier this month that the disease had recurrence and Allen could not fight it and died.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella issued an statement on twitter after his demise:
Statement from Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on the passing of Paul Allen: pic.twitter.com/1iLDLenLKz
— Microsoft (@Microsoft) October 15, 2018
In the early days of Microsoft, Paul Allen along with Bill Gates made Microsoft reach heights of revolution where the technology was going towards mainstream. At that time computers were termed as Microcomputers, just so to distinguish them from the large scale automation machines. Paul Allen came up with the name Microsoft, a company that creates software for microcomputers.
Bill Gates and Paul Allen made history together. The technology we have today was the brain child of both of businessmen. It is to their combined efforts and sheer will that has revolutionized the technology in last two decades. If it was not for them we would not have accomplished so much, all thanks to Paul Allen and Bill Gates for founding Microsoft.