Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passes away. The 65-year old founded Vulcan Inc, died due to cancer, complications arising out of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In 1975, Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft alongside with longtime friend Bill Gates. He was the 46th richest person in the world with net worth of $20.3 billion, including 100 million shares of Microsoft.
Paul Allen was born in Seattle and was a fixture in the Northwest most of his life. When he was 12, his parents decided to send him to a private school lakeside where he would intersect with a very important figure later in his life, that was Bill Gates.
In 1975, when they were in college Allen and Gates formed a company that eventually grew into Microsoft. They were convinced there would be a market for computers and they wanted to design a software to make these machines work.
Seven years later, Allen announced that he had a Hodgkin’s disease cancer of the immune system. Shortly after that, he resigned and from this part onwards he started pursuing other interests.
He founded Vulcan which is the umbrella company that manages all of his diverse interests like real estate development and sports.
After a life-threatening bout with Hodgkin’s disease in 1983, Allen resigned from Microsoft and shifted his priorities to his passions.
He owned two professional sports teams. The Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.
In 1988, Allen purchased the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Associations and was intimately involved in the team’s operations until his death.
In 1995, voters rejected the Seattle Commons proposal Allen and others wanted to develop South Lake Union into a giant park. Allen then ended up with a large swath of land which today is the Amazon campus.
Paul Allen also loved music. In 2000, he opened the experience music project. It’s now the mope op museum.
Two years later, he formed a private space company. Their ship successfully made it into space in 2003. He announced that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma late-stage diagnosis that had it had come back after all of these years.
He eventually signed The Giving Pledge. It’s a commitment to give away at least half of his wealth to philanthropic causes that were in 2010.
Allen has donated more than $2 billion to various charities, including $500 million to the Allen Institute for Brain Science and $42 million to Oregon charities.
Just a few weeks ago, at the start of the month, he put out this tweet and we learned that his lymphoma returned. He said he was optimistic about his treatment. This disease which was in the background for so much of his life really helped motivate his work.
Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned. I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge. https://t.co/ZolxS8lni5
— Paul Allen (@PaulGAllen) October 1, 2018
Paul Allen had an impact on Technology, Pop Culture, Philanthropy, Sports and Science. The Microsoft co-founder revolutionized technology helped transform the Eastside.
As the company grew he would use some of that wealth to dabble in sports and pop culture helping to found what is now known as mo pop.