Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen from complications from cancer at 65

(AP) – Microsoft Corp. dies (MSFT. O) co-founder Paul who convinced school friend of Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard to start the world’s largest software company, which was Allen, the man who died Monday at the age of 65, his family said.

Microsoft left all in 1983, before the company became a corporate juggernaut, after an argument with gates, but its share of their original partnership allowed him the rest of his life and billions of dollars on yachts, art, rock music,. Sport spending teams, brain research and real estate.

all Lymphoma, a type of cancer, which in a statement said all family died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s.

in early October, all had revealed that he was being treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he in 2009 also was treated. He had a previous brush with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, an other cancer in the early 1980s, prior to the departure of Microsoft.

A list of high-profile friends in the entertainment industry, including the U2 lead singer Bono,

music lovers had all but prefers to avoid the limelight on his estate on Mercer Iceland, via Lake Washington from Seattle, where he grew up.

all mostly local philanthropic projects, development of Seattle’s South Lake Union tech hub, remained loyal to the Pacific Northwest, directed more than $2 billion, that Inc (AMZN. O) the seat of his calls home and building all Institute for brain research.

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Gates all as a connection to the Microsoft partnership with a “second act” on the strengthening of the communities, said in a statement: “I am heartbroken by the death of one of my oldest and dearest friends.”

current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Monday called him a “peaceful and lasting” man who changed the world.

“, he is appreciated in Seattle,” said David Brewster, founder of the local news site and the Seattle Weekly. “He is isolated and withdrawn.” There’s too much Howard Hughes in the art, as that he behaves himself, for Seattle really too much of a good appreciate what he’s doing.”

Paul Gardner Allen was on January 21, 1953, the son of a librarian, father and teacher mother in Seattle. He was two years older than gates, but if they met in the computer room at the exclusive Lakeside School in Seattle in 1968, she discovered a shared passion.

“in those days, we were just goofing around, or so we thought” Gates recalled in his 1995 book “The Road Ahead.”


went all at Washington State University but left in 1974 to take a job with Honeywell in Boston. While he is there gates being harassed, the studied at the close to nearby Harvard, broke the school and the emerging revolution in individual data processing.

Gates finally agreed, and in 1975 the two jointly developed basic software a clunky desktop computer, the $400 for the Altair 8800, Kit costs.

the couple moved to Albuquerque New Mexico, close to the Altair manufacturer, and founded a company. It was Allen’s idea call it micro-soft, an amalgam of microcomputer and software. The hyphen was dropped later.

all Microsoft technical processes of the company first eight years the PC revolution and thrust of Microsoft to the top led, so that a handful of people, the early software such as MS-DOS and Word, which created him enabled.

but he no longer was on the cutting edge of software development in the early 1980s. He never showed the commercial instincts of gates, who is generally credited drive Microsoft’s ascent to the omnipresence in the 1990s.

all Microsoft left in 1983 after a rift with gates and his new Lieutenant, Steve Ballmer, in December 1982, only months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. As he reminded ‘Idea man’ 2011 in his memoirs, he overheard plotting, to reduce its share gates and Ballmer secretly.

“they were my recent lack of production and discuss, as they dilute my Microsoft equity capital through the issuance of options for himself and other shareholders might lament,” Allen wrote.

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gates and Ballmer later apologized, but the damage was done and all left Microsoft, although he remained on the Board until 2000.


all recovered cancer of his cancer after radiation therapy, but in 2009, another form of blood cancer Lymphoma was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s. He went into remission in April 2010 but the disease emerged in the year 2018.

all had his share in the company. His 28 percent of stake in Microsoft’s market power in 1986 immediately made him a multi-millionaire.

his fortune reached its peak around $30 billion at the end of 1999, according to Forbes magazine, but all was to hurt after the bubble in 2000 by the sharp decline of Microsoft stock and burst some unprofitable technology investments.

in October 2018, Forbes magazine be estimated fortune to $21.7 billion and said he was the 44th richest person in the world.

Allen, the owner of 42 US patents, loved it, are as visionary technology that drove Microsoft’s early success and saw the future of networked computers long before the Internet votes.

“I expect the personal computer to the kind of thing that, notes that people with them, a companion to wear, does accounting, reminders are who cares thousand personal tasks,” staff all wrote in a column in the magazine Computing long before portable computers became reality as far back, 1977.

in the same year, he outlined an early vision of how it turned out, the Internet for microcomputer interface magazine be.

“what I see is a home terminal, the phone lines, fiber, or some other communication system with a centralized network is connected,” he said. “Maybe with this system can put your car offered for sale or are looking for a home in another city or look the price of asparagus on the next food market or check the price of a stock.”

all these far-reaching idea called later the “connected world”, and large came to fruition. He was not alone in predicting of connected computing but was one of the most prominent.

still Allen’s technology companies after Microsoft, which would grow concentrated on areas that he thought that with the advent of the “connected world”, were not as successful. He lost $8 billion in the cable television industry, especially with a bad bet on cable company Charter Communications (CHTR. O), although he financed technology companies like Metricom, SkyPix and interval research were costly failures.


sports TEAMS and A YACHT in the sports and real estate fortune. Bought all the Portland Trail Blazers basketball team in 1988 and became a local hero in 1997, when he the Seattle Seahawks football franchise purchased, after the previous owner had tried to move the team to California. The Seahawks won the Super Bowl in February 2014 and both franchises are now worth many times what paid for it all.

all hundreds of millions of dollars, the rehabilitation of a seedy area of downtown Seattle, of a glossy technology Mecca it was glass ‘spheres’ South Lake Union and site of headquarters.

while never married all pursued countless personal projects and leisure activities. He owned one of the largest yachts in the world, the 400-foot (122 m) Octopus, which was the venue for many lavish parties and the basis for scuba expeditions.

A rock’n ‘ roll fan, all had a band on demand, with jam, if he wanted to, and spent more than $250 a museum his hero dedicated million building, designed Jimi Hendrix, which transformed exhibition Frank Gehry a music and science fiction.

he spent millions more on a collection of vintage warplanes and funded to make the first non-government rocket into outer space. He collected also precious antiques and works by Monet, Rodin and Rothko to his extensive art collection.

how goals, was all dedicated philanthropist, giving away more than $1.5 billion in his lifetime, and promised to donate more than half of his fortune to charity.

through various vehicles, all concentrated, its type on brain research, motivated by the loss of his mother to Alzheimer’s disease, along with universities and libraries.

reporting by Bill Rigby; Additional reporting by Ismail Shakil in Bangalore; Editing our standards by Bill Trott

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