Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died from cancer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died from cancer

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has died from cancer

"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". Allen had also been diagnosed with the cancer in both 1982 and 2009, but successfully battled it both times. He later dropped out of Washington State University before going on to co-found Microsoft with Gates. The impact of Paul's efforts can be seen here at every turn. To meet IBM's needs, they spent $50,000 to buy one known as QDOS from another programmer, Tim Paterson.

The Windows operating system is now used on most of the world's desktop computers, and Word is the cornerstone of the company's prevalent Office products.

The decision thrust Microsoft onto the throne of technology and the two Seattle-natives became billionaires.

With his sister Jody Allen in 1986, he founded Vulcan, the investment firm that oversees his business and philanthropic efforts. Allen officially resigned from his position on the Microsoft board of directors in November 2000 but was asked to consult as a senior strategy advisor to the company's executives.

In 1988, Allen purchased the Portland Trailblazers for $70 million, helping the team to develop the Moda Center where they now play, and seeing the team reach the playoffs 19 times under his ownership. He told The Associated Press that "for a true fan of the game, this is a dream come true".

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.

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