Microsoft’s co-founder Paul Allen has passed away after long illness. He was 65. He founded Microsoft in 1970s along with Bill Gates.
“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister Jody said in a statement.
“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern… At this time of loss and grief for us — and so many others — we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.”
Just two weeks back, Allen had disclosed that he was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was suffering from this disease for the past nine years.
He was an avid businessman and was known for his philanthropy.
He was also active with the Allen Institutes of scientific research and was the owner of professional US sports teams the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers.
He was also founded Stratolaunch, a space company which is credited with the construction of world’s largest plane.
“He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.” Forbes estimated his net worth at $20.3 billion.
Microsoft has released a statement which said that the Allen’s “contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable.” “As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions. And in doing so, he changed the world,” added the company’s CEO Satya Nadella.