Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, has died of cancer.
The 65 year old billionaire who founded the tech company alongside bill gates, died yesterday of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma two weeks after he announced that the cancer which he fought into remission 9 years ago had re-surfaced.
Allen, who was also a great philanthropist ownened two other companies, the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers.
He was first diagnosed with cancer in 2009.
“My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend,” Allen’s sister Jody said in a statement.
“Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern.
At this time of loss and grief for us, and so many others, we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.” she added
Paul Allen co-founded US software giant Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s, and was worth about $20.3 billion, according to Forbes before his death.
He is survived by wife, kids and family members.