RIP: Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen, 65, Died from Cancer – 5 Milestones of Brilliant Mind

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American billionaire Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft in the 1970s with Bill Gates, died at the age of 65. A statement by the family says that the entrepreneur and philanthropist died due to complications of cancer.

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Source: WWAY

In a nutshell

The entrepreneur died due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma – cancer of the lymphatic system.

Allen found out about his illness (Hodgkin’s lymphoma) at the age of 29 (in 1982), then he had to transplant bone marrow. In 2009, he was diagnosed with another type of oncology – non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and this year the businessman died from the complications.

Source: REUTERS

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Allen’s sister, Jody Allen, released the following statement:

“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.”

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also shared her emotions on Twitter:

Source: Twitter

5 key moments from his life: 

  • Allen and Microsoft: in Albuquerque in 1975, Paul Allen and Bill Gates jointly founded the company Micro-Soft (microprocessor software). A year later, the developers registered the trademark of their company (without the hyphen in the name). Initially, the assets were not divided equally – Gates wanted 64%, and Allen was left with 36%.
  • Leaving of Microsoft: Paul worked at Microsoft for 8 years – until 1983, and he left either for health reasons or because of disagreements with Gates. Allen wrote in his book that he had an enterprising partner that wanted to grab as much as possible and didn’t get anything out of hand. He stated that he could not reconcile with this and thought that he would have to leave at some point.

  • Space technology: after leaving Gates, Allen was engaged in investing in various projects, and from the 2000s began to invest in the development of space technology. One of the most interesting projects was the company Stratolaunch, which Microsoft co-founder founded in 2011. A couple of months ago, Stratolaunch even showed a new model range of launch vehicles and aircraft for delivering cargo to orbit. The reusable spacecraft became the key model, although the developers did not name any dates when the vehicle would be ready and able to deliver the first payload or cosmonauts to orbit.

Source: Stratolaunch

  • World’s largest plane by wingspan: About a year ago, the Stratolaunch first pulled out of the hangar the largest aircraft in the world. The dual-body apparatus has a wingspan of 117 meters, six Pratt & Whitney PW4056 engines, 250 tons of its mass and 590 tons of curb weight. The Stratolaunch is designed primarily as an aerial platform for launching Pegasus XL launch vehicles.

  • Net worth: Paul Allen’s net worth is estimated at almost $20 billion, and in August 2018 he was ranked as 46th-richest person on the Forbes list. In addition to the Seattle Seahawks professional American football team and the Portland Trail Blazers NBA basketball club, Allen owned some of the biggest yachts in the world, Octopus and Tatoosh. He even took part in underwater archaeological expeditions.

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