Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen died at 65 from Cancer on Monday afternoon. Allen co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates. Bill Gates said personal computing would not have existed without him. He was heartbroken about the loss of one of his “oldest and dearest friends.” Mr. Gates said in a statement
Current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Paul Allen made “indispensable” contributions to Microsoft and the technology industry. Nadella also said he learned a lot from Allen and will continue to be inspired by him.
“As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world,” Nadella said in a statement.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai said with Allen’s death, the world has “lost a great technology pioneer today.”
Allen was ranked 44th on Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion. Allen owned two professional sports teams, the NFL Seattle Seahawks and NBA Portland Trailblazers. He was also an electric guitarist and a huge music fan.