One of the more iconic businessmen, philanthropist, and sports owners has passed away.
Paul Allen, who was the co-founder of Microsoft, among other professional achievements, passed away at the age of 65 due to complications with non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
After having met Bill Gates in the early 1970s, Allen teamed up with Gates to form Microsoft in 1975.
In 1982, Allen was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and left the company.
While he left Microsoft, he was far from done with his professional endeavors.
Allen actually remained on the Board of Directors for Microsoft for several years while pursuing other dreams.
During that time, he started his own investment firm, Vulcan, as well as establishing his own foundation.
While his business skills are unparalleled, Allen was also a very enthusiastic sports fan.
So much so that he actually became the owner of not one, but two sports franchises.
In his portfolio, Allen had the Portland Trail Blazers (NBA) and the Seattle Seahawks (NFL).
Allen was involved deeply in both of these teams and their respective leagues right up until his death.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver called him a “valued voice” within the league.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called Allen a “driving force” among NFL owners.
He also cited Allen as being very much responsible for the improvements made to the game in recent years to protect the health of the players.
Allen, whose net worth was estimated at over $20 billion when he died, became known for his philanthropy, supporting a variety of causes, from the environment to trying to protect Jimi Hendrix’s image and music to helping the homeless situation in Seattle.
This was a man, who, while extremely successful, was not afraid to put his money behind his beliefs.
R.I.P. Mr. Allen.