Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies, aged 65

Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, who had been suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, died on Oct 15, 2018. He was 65. PHOTO: REUTERS
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen on his penthouse terrace overlooking Central Park in New York, on Oct 15, 2015. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at a news conference at his company Vulcan to announce Stratolaunch Systems in Seattle, on Dec 13, 2011. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Seattle Seahawks owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen stands in the University of Phoenix Stadium the day before the NFL Super Bowl XLIX, in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan 31, 2015. PHOTO: NYTIMES
Paul Allen celebrating on the podium following the Seattle Seahawks' victory over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington, on Jan 18, 2015. PHOTO: NYTIMES

BENGALURU (REUTERS) - Microsoft Corp co-founder Paul Allen, who had been suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a form of cancer, died at the age of 65 on Monday (Oct 15), his family said.

Allen had said earlier this month that he had started treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, the same type of cancer he overcame nine years ago.

Born in Seattle, Allen attended Washington State University for two years before dropping out to co-found Microsoft in 1975 with Bill Gates, a friend of his from high school.

Allen, who left Microsoft in 1983, set up investment firm Vulcan Inc in 1986 to manage his multibillion-dollar portfolio.

"Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable," Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella said in a 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."

Allen, who ranked 44th on Forbes magazine's 2018 list of billionaires with a US$20.5 billion (S$28.2 billion) fortune, was a major benefactor in Seattle, funding everything from libraries and universities to brain research.

His investments include ownership stakes in several professional sports teams, including the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, NFL's Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer.

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