Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 but then left the technology industry to focus on sports and philanthropy, has died at age 65 due to complications from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Mr. Allen’s death comes two weeks after he announced that he was battling a recurrence of the disease.
Mr. Allen, whose net worth was estimated at more than $20 billion, left Microsoft in 1982 after being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma but remained on its board of directors until 2000. He was the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, and also co-founder of Stratolaunch Systems, a space transportation company. Mr. Allen also was involved in a wide range of philanthropic projects through his company Vulcan Inc.
“Paul’s life was diverse and lived with gusto,” Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf said in a statement. “It reflected his myriad interests in technology, music and the arts, biosciences and artificial intelligence, conservation and in the power of shared experience—in a stadium or a neighborhood—to transform individual lives and whole communities.”