One of the most emblematic figures in the history of technology has left us. Paul Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, researcher, businessman, and philanthropist, died this Monday afternoon in Seattle at 65 years of age, this after complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Paul Gardner Allen will not only be remembered as the friend of Bill Gates, with whom he founded one of the most important companies in the world but as a brilliant mind that devoted a large part of his years to trying to change the world through projects, investments, and philanthropic efforts.
Jody, the sister of Paul Allen, referred to the loss:
“While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a brother and a very dear uncle, and an exceptional friend.” Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, generosity and deep concern. Despite all the demands of his schedule, there was always time for family and friends.In this moment of loss and pain for us, and for many others, we are deeply grateful for the care and concern he showed throughout the years. days of his life. “
Paul Allen met Bill Gates when they both attended Lakeside School in Seattle. Allen was 14 years old at the time and Gates was 12. Less than a decade later, they created Microsoft.
Allen resigned from Microsoft in 1983, when he was first diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s disease, which is treatable but can be fatal if not detected early, due to respiratory failure or infections it can cause.
After leaving Microsoft, Allen became an investor through Vulcan, a company he founded. Vulcan has invested in the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle, a group focused on the use of machine learning for climate preservation, to Stratolaunch, a huge space plane. Allen was also the owner of the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.
Paul Allen was also known for his philanthropic efforts under the name of‘Paul G. Allen Philanthropies’. His philanthropic contributions surpass 2,000 million, according to Allen’s own website, and he had pledged to give away most of his fortune.
Bill Hilf, CEO of Vulcan, mentioned:
“All of us who had the honor of working with Paul felt an inexpressible loss today, possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion for solving some of the most difficult problems in the world, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could have a profound and lasting impact. “
Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO, said that Allen’s contributions to both Microsoft and the industry were “indispensable.”
“Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and our community are indispensable, as a co-founder of Microsoft, in his quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world. he: his curiosity, his persistence and his demand for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us like Microsoft, our hearts are with Paul’s family and his loved ones, rest in peace. “
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And there is no better way to remember Paul Allen than with the comment of Quincy Jones, who during an interview said that Allen was an excellent guitarist and played “almost” like Hendrix.