Paul Allen: Microsoft co-founder dead at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

According to the New York Times, his first bout with cancer had forced him to leave Microsoft - the technology behemoth he co-founded with Bill Gates - in 1982.

"Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern", Allen said. Our thoughts are with Allen's family, friends, and co-workers during this time.

"Paul Allen was the driving force behind keeping the National Football League in the Pacific Northwest", commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. He founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the aerospace firm Stratolaunch, which has built a colossal airplane created to launch satellites into orbit.

On the Trail Blazers' end, the team made it to the postseason in 23 of the 30 seasons that Allen owned the team, a total that includes two appearances in the NBA Finals.

He started the U.S. software giant with his childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975 and was estimated to be the 46th richest person in the world at the time of his death, with a net worth of $20.2 billion (£15.4bn).

The two kept in touch at university-Allen at Washington State, Gates at Harvard-and when Allen dropped out in 1975 to start a company to develop software for the MITS Altair 8800, he soon convinced Gates to follow.

Yet, you could also argue that saving the Seahawks from leaving Seattle may have resonated with as many people as Allen touched through his long list of accomplishments. "His passion for the game, combined with his quiet determination, led to a model organisation on and off the field", Goodell added.

Over the course of his life, Allen donated a cumulative $2 billion to philanthropic endeavors, which ranged in focus from ocean health, to homelessness, to the fight against ebola.

All of us who had the honor of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today.

Allen was known for investing what was needed to make the team competitive - Seattle had only three playoff wins from 1976-1997 before Allen brought the team.

Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the early 1970s, laying the foundation for a personal fortune that would eventually rank him among the world's richest men at more than $20 billion.

In 2010, Allen followed Gates and Warren Buffet in making the "Giving Pledge", a promise to give away most of his estimated US$20bn wealth.

A rock "n" roll aficionado, Allen had a band on call to jam with when he wanted, and spent more than $250 million building a museum devoted to his hero, Jimi Hendrix, which morphed into a music and science fiction exhibit designed by Frank Gehry.