Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

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Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft along with his childhood buddy Bill Gates, has died. He was 65.

Allen’s firm Vulcan Inc. mentioned in an announcement that he died Monday. Earlier this month Allen mentioned the most cancers he was handled for in 2009, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, had returned.

Allen, who was an avid sports activities fan, owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks

Allen and Gates based Microsoft Corp. in 1975. Microsoft’s large break got here in 1980, when IBM Corp. determined to maneuver into private computer systems. IBM requested Microsoft to offer the working system.

The resolution thrust Microsoft onto the throne of know-how and the 2 Seattle-natives turned billionaires. Both later devoted themselves to philanthropy.

Over the course a number of many years, Allen gave greater than $2 billion to a variety of pursuits, together with ocean well being, homelessness and advancing scientific analysis.