Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies of cancer at 65
Allen stayed on Microsoft’s Board of Directors for several years until 2000 while establishing his own philanthropic foundation, along with his investment firm ‘Vulcan’, which managed his business and philanthropic interests.
Paul Gardner Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, an investor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, passed away on October 15, 2018. He was 65.
He died in Seattle from complications related to Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the less-common Hodgkin's disease, is a cancer of the lymphatic system.
Apart from his role in Microsoft, Allen influenced many aspects of modern life from technology and science to sports and music and invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture and professional sports.
He bought two professional sports teams, namely, the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. He was involved with both until his death.
He also founded several organizations, including the space transportation company Stratolaunch, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence and another Allen Institute that focuses on bioscience.
Allen was also fond of music. In 2013, during an interview with Guitar Player, Allen revealed that "Are You Experienced" song by the Jimi Hendrix prompted him to start playing guitar. Allen even loaned money to Hendrix's family during a legal battle in 1995 to regain rights to the guitarist's image.
He also funded a USD 100 million museum for music and pop culture in Seattle, now called the Museum of Pop Culture.
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