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Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen passes away at 65

Paul Allen, founder of Microsoft and technology innovator, philantrophist and sports team owner passed away today at age 65 from non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Allen co-founded Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates and is credited for having named the company. Hel later left Microsoft because of serious illness but recovered. Allen went on to become a billionaire investor, famously owning teams like the Portland Trailblazers, the Seatle Seahawks, The Seattle Sounders FC. He also made significant cultural investments and founded the Museum of Pop Culture. Allen has granted over $2 billion to philantrophic causes.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stated the following. “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 is 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.”

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