Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft with Bill Gates, has lost his battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 65.
Allen died in hometown Seattle, the city where he and Gates started Microsoft in 1975. It was Allen who came up with the name Micro-Soft.
Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982 and was successfully treated. It was because of the illness he left Microsoft but remained a board member until 2000.
Paul Allen was obsessed with music and picked up his first guitar at age 16 inspired by another Seattle icon Jimi Hendrix. He recorded an album in 2000 with his band ‘Grown Men’. In 2013 he made his major label debut through Sony releasing ‘Everywhere At Once’ as Paul Allen and the Underthinkers.
The non-Hodgkin lymphoma was discovered in 2009.
Paul Allen was the 46th richest person in the world with a net worth of $20.2 billion and 100 million Microsoft shares. He never married and he has no children.