Renowned philanthropist and business leader who co-founded the company more than four decades ago, Paul Allen has passed on at the age 65.
Allen died Monday from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, according to a statement from Vulcan Inc. on behalf of the Allen family, Vulcan Inc. and the Paul G. Allen Network.
In a written statement, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella noted Allen’s huge impact on technology and much more:
“Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world. I have learned so much from him – his inquisitiveness, curiosity and push for high standards are something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft.
“Our hearts are with Paul’s family and loved ones. Rest in peace.”
While at Lakeside School, Paul Allen met Bill Gates, they developed a friendship that would later produce one of the world’s most innovative companies, Microsoft.
Paul Allen left Microsoft in 1983, before the company became a giant corporate company, following a dispute with Gates, but his share of their original partnership allowed him to spend the rest of his life and billions of dollars on yachts, art, rock music, sports teams, brain research and real estate.