One of the world’s wealthiest billionaires, Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
He died weeks after revealing that the cancer battle he fought nine years ago had returned.
The news was confirmed in a statement by Allen’s company, Vulcan Inc.
It reads, ”It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of @PaulGAllen, our founder and noted technologist, philanthropist, community builder, conservationist, musician and supporter of the arts. All of us who worked with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today.”
The businessman made his fortune alongside school friend Bill Gates after they co-founded technology giant Microsoft in 1975.
His friend, Bill Gates wrote:
I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen. From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.
But Paul wasn’t content with starting one company. He channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, “If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.” That’s the kind of person he was.
Paul loved life and those around him, and we all cherished him in return. He deserved much more time, but his contributions to the world of technology and philanthropy will live on for generations to come. I will miss him tremendously.