Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and one of the great names of the origins of the technological revolution, died on Monday in Seattle at the age of 65 as a result of a serious illness. The death was communicated by Vulcan, the company through which Allen channeled his investments and philanthropy, on behalf of the family. The brief statement cited as cause of death "complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma" suffered.
The name of Paul Allen belongs to the legend of the pioneers of the Internet and the digital revolution. He founded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates. They had met at a private school in Seattle a few years before. He was 22 years old and Gates 19. Allen left the company in 1983 because of his illness, before he became the giant that dominated computing in the nineties, but he kept part of the company's property, which ended up being the origin of his fortune. Last year, Forbes calculated Allen's fortune at 20 billion dollars and ranked number 21 on the list of the richest men in the United States.
Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin's lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned. I've begun treatment and 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
Bill Gates reacted with a statement in which he said: "My heart is broken by the death of Paul Allen, one of my oldest and dearest friends."
Allen dedicated much of his fortune to philanthropy and research. The same report states that throughout its life it granted 2,000 million dollars to various causes, including 500 million to the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a bioscience research center with 15 years of activity. Allen was one of the first signatories of The Giving Pledge, an initiative of Bill and Melinda Gates with Warren Buffet in which extremely rich people commit to donate in life the majority of their fortune to philanthropic causes.
In addition, Allen was a major investor in US sports. He owned an NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers, another of the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks, and another of the MLS, the Seattle Sounders. Through Vulcan he also invested in real estate, documentaries and independent films.
"Paul Allen was the driving force to keep the NFL in the Pacific Northwest," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement quoted by Efe. "His vision led to the construction of CenturyLink Field and a team that played 12 years playoffs, three Super Bowls ", of which they won one." Raising the flag of Man N 12 At the start of every game at the Seahawks home, it was a tribute from Paul to the extraordinary crowd in the Seattle community. He worked tirelessly with our medical advisors to identify new ways to make the game safer and to protect our players from unnecessary risk, "Goodell said in his statement.
Allen had treated the lymphoma in 2009 and had made it subside. This October he had said that he planned to fight against it with all his might. "My brother was an extraordinary individual at all levels," said his sister, Jody Allen, on behalf of the family in a statement quoted by CNN. "He was a very dear brother and uncle and an exceptional friend."
His autobiography, published in 2011, was titled Idea man (the man of the idea). In that book he defined himself as the man who had the ideas in the relationship with Gates, ideas that the eye for Gates' business managed to put in all the houses of the world through Microsoft. In the biography he recalled the moment of 1983 in which, after being diagnosed with the disease that ended his life on Monday, he decided to abandon the company he had helped create and that would forever change the world's relationship with computers. "If it relapsed, it would make no sense, in addition to being dangerous, to return to Microsoft's stress. If I recovered, I had already understood that life was too short to spend it being unhappy. "