Paul Allen, who together with Bill Gates founded the Microsoft technology company has died on Monday at age 65 in Seattle as a result of the complications of Hodgkin’s lymphoma suffered since the 80s.
Together with Bill Gates, Allen founded Microsoft in 1975 when he was only 22 years old. In 1983 he left the company because of his illness before Microsoft became the technological giant, but Allen kept his part of the company, which earned him the 21st position in the Forbes List of the richest men in the United States with a fortune valued at 20 billion dollars.
The name of Paul Allen has not only appeared linked to the world of technology, but also to philanthropy. It is estimated that throughout his life, the co-founder of Microsoft donated 2 billion dollars to various causes. Along with Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, Paul Allen was one of the first signers of The Giving Pledge, an initiative by which the richest people in the world pledge to donate most of their fortune in life to philanthropic causes.
In addition to aya technology and philanthropy, Paul Allen has been one of the great investors in sports in the United States, since he owned an NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers, another NFL, the Seattle Seahawks , and another of the MLS, the Seattle Sounders .
In 2009 Allen struggled and overcame the disease, and only a few weeks ago he announced that he was willing to face the lymphoma again in the face of his relapse. His autobiography entitled Idea Man was published in 2011 where he talked about Microsoft and business, but also about the illness that definitively separated him from the company in 1983, stating that if he relapsed into the disease he would not stand the stress of returning to Microsoft, but if he recovered, he would try to live life in the easiest way possible.
Vulcan, the company that channeled the investments of Allen and his family, was in charge of communicating the death due to the illness he suffered.