Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, dead at 65, family says

16 Octubre, 2018, 02:19 | Author: Arnold Perez
  • ‘A giant in Washington history’: Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of Seahawks, dead at 65

Allen co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1972.

Allen was born January 21, 1953 in Seattle and met Gates while attending Lakeside School.

"Paul loved Seattle and the Pacific Northwest".

"My brother was a remarkable individual on every level", Allen's sister, Jody Allen, said in a statement. "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". Overall, Allen is estimated to have donated more than $2 billion to philanthropic causes. There are no changes imminent for Vulcan, the teams, the research institutes or museums.

Microsoft's big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. made a decision to move into personal computers and asked Microsoft to provide the operating system.

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The first versions of two classic Microsoft products, Microsoft Word and the Windows operating system, were released in 1983.

Allen, also a well-known philanthropist, is one of the world's wealthiest people, ranking 44th on Forbes's 2018 list of the world's billionaires. Officially, Allen worked at Microsoft up until 2000 but did stick around as a senior strategy advisor.

Allen went on to set up numerous scientific research institutes including the Allen Institute of Brain Science, the Institute for Cell Science and the Institute for Artificial Intelligence; he also owned or co-owned several professional sports teams, including the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.

Many from the Blazers, Seahawks, and elsewhere around the National Basketball Association and NFL offered their thoughts on Allen and sent their condolences to his family after learning of the news, including former Microsoft CEO and current Clippers owner Steve Ballmer.

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