Many have given thanks to billionaire philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who died on Monday.
Along with Microsoft, Allen founded Vulcan and space transportation company Stratolaunch, and he owned both the Portland Trailblazers and the Seattle Seahawks. He was well known for his philanthropic efforts.
Allen died from complications related to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which he announced roughly two weeks ago had returned. He was 65.
I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen. From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him.
But Paul wasn’t content with starting one company. He channeled his intellect and compassion into a second act focused on improving people’s lives and strengthening communities in Seattle and around the world. He was fond of saying, “If it has the potential to do good, then we should do it.” That’s the kind of person he was.