Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Paul Allen, Microsoft’s Co-Founder, Is Dead at 65

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Sandy Mccarthy | 16 October, 2018, 06:53

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.

The company moved to Bellevue, Washington in 1979. He never displayed the commercial instinct of Gates, who generally is credited with powering Microsoft's rise to ubiquity in the 1990s. Allen had battled non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009.

Allen had left Microsoft by 1983 for health reasons but held on to shares which made up the bulk of his fortune, estimated at some $20 billion. With the success of the PC and PC compatibles, Microsoft became hugely successful.

Allen's Wikipedia page goes on and on with his accomplishments, and they really are too numerous to mention.

"That did choke me up a little bit, just thinking I wish he would have been able to come to [that] game", Allen said. But by that point the Seahawks' status as one of the most successful franchises in the National Football League had been well sealed - the team has sold out every game since the 2003 season.

Gates and company didn't invent the operating system.

He had better luck in sports and real estate. "His vision led to the construction of CenturyLink Field and the building of a team that played in three Super Bowls, winning the championship in Super Bowl XLVIII".

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However, citing an anonymous source, The Oregonian's John Canzano reported on Monday that there was a chance Jody Allen might sell the Trail Blazers but retain ownership of the Seahawks because she's a Seahawks fan, and "nobody who knows her thinks she'd be interested in wanting to run an National Basketball Association franchise on a daily basis".

Vulan Inc. was one of Allen's most recent ventures-a parent corporation that served as an umbrella for his holdings including his ownership in the Seattle Seahawks, the Allen Institute for Brain Science, and the Flying Heritage Collection.

He also owned Tatoosh, one of the world's 100 largest yachts. He also cofounded Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the Experience Music Project) and Everett's Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum.

He spent millions more on a collection of vintage warplanes and funded the first non-government rocket to make it into space.

He was also credited with putting Seattle on the map for the NFL.

According to the Paul Allen Philanthropies site, Kenneth and Faye Allen both loved to read, and "instilled a deep curiosity and love for new ideas into their two children".

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