Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, Has Died at Age 65

Paul Allen Has Died Due to Complications from Lymphoma

Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, has died due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle. He was 65-years-old.

Allen had announced his diagnosis only two weeks ago, where he and his doctors said they were “optimistic” about treatment. He was previously treated for lymphoma back in 2009.

Paul G. Allen

A statement from his sister, Ms. Jody Allen, can be read below:

“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.  

Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. 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.”

Allen — a noted technologist and philanthropist — met Bill Gates in high school and where they became quick friends. They both went on to co-found Microsoft in 1975.

“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,” said Bill Gates. “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.”

Allen owned the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers. He also set up Vulcan in 1986, a media and communications investment firm. You can read more about Paul Allen, as well as a statement from Vulcan, at this link.

On behalf of COGconnected: Thank you, Mr. Allen, for your many contributions to this world. You will not be forgotten.