Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, Has Died at 65

Posted on October 15, 2018 by Brad Sams in Uncategorized with 23 Comments

Paul Allen, a co-founder of Microsoft, has died from complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Allen announced in early October that the cancer he beat in 2009, had returned, and earlier today it was announced that he had passed.

Allen and Gates began working together in 1975 and formed Microsoft, with Allen coming up with the original name for the company, Micro-Soft. Officially, Allen worked at Microsoft up until 2000 but did stick around as a senior strategy advisor.

The following statement was posted on Vulcan’s website, Vulcan is the company behind philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen’s network of organizations and initiatives:

“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.

Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. 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.”

During his lifetime, Allen had given more than $2 billion to Philanthropy and has been involved with many different business ventures including pushing the Seattle Seahawks in 1996.

Allen was 65.

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Comments (23)

23 responses to “Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, Has Died at 65”

  1. SeattleMike

    No words!

    Thank you to a man who changed the world!

    Rest in Peace!

  2. OldITPro2000

    Very sad news. In pace requiescat.

  3. darrellprichard

    He never got the public accolades or adoration given to Steve Jobs. That's a shame given the global influence of his work - not to mention that unlike Jobs, Paul is leaving most of his billions to further help the world.

    Godspeed Mr. Allen.

  4. Maktaba

    Nadella’s statement:

    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.“

  5. shmuelie

    Baruch Dayan Emet

  6. Chris

    RIP Paul. Your contributions to IT will not be forgotten.

  7. iantrem

    What an impact to have made on the world, not only in terms of a push to give technology to the masses, but in terms of his philanthropy too. One of a generation that saw the future and strived for it.


  8. brettscoast

    Very sad news vale Paul Allen

  9. dcdevito

    RIP Mr. Allen, your contributions to technology and philanthropy outside it all were incredible.

    Damn, I'm bummed

  10. Ed

    Whoa! 65 is way to young.

    Brings back some memories of the early days of Microsoft.


  11. Thomas Parkison

    Here's to one of the great ones. Rest in peace, Paul.

  12. RonH

    There is no beating non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma unfortunately. I think 9 years surpasses the average.

  13. martinusv2

    65.. too young to go.

  14. skane2600

    Paul Allen kind of played Steve Wozniak to Bill Gates' Steve Jobs. Both Allen and Wozniak were key figures in their respective companies and got sidelined by their more aggressive partners (Allen more so then Wozniak).

    Anyone who wrote a lot of assembly code for early microprocessors should raise a glass to one of the great pioneers of the craft, Paul Allen.

    • MikeGalos

      In reply to skane2600:

      Actually, Paul Allen got "sidelined" by non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma cancer back in 1982 and decided, after fighting that, that he'd rather not get back into the daily battles that were the early days of the personal computer and, instead, go into the lower stress life of smaller startups.

      As a reminder, the one time Paul did get back into software, Microsoft bundled his Asymetrix Toolbook product (similar to Apple's Hypercard) with one of their biggest hits, Windows 3.0.

    • wesb

      In reply to skane2600:I'm raising my glass to Paul Allen(cheers to the pioneers). I was a huge Microsoft fan back in the 80s & 90s.

  15. chrisrut

    Holy ef... That hits close to home.

  16. troughley

    Sad news, he is one that made impacts after his life at Microsoft

  17. plettza

    Vail Mr Allen.

    I'm raising a glass to Paul.