Paul Gardner Allen was born on January 21, 1953, in Seattle, Washington and died on October 15, 2018.
He was an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist.
He co-founded the multinational technology company Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1975.
During March 2018, Allen was estimated to be the 44th-richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.7 billion, revised at the time of his death to $20.3 billion.
Allen still owned 100 million shares of Microsoft in January 2014
He was the founder and Chairman of Vulcan Inc., which managed his various business and philanthropic efforts.
Allen had a multibillion-dollar investment portfolio including technology and media companies, scientific research, real estate holdings, private spaceflight ventures, and stakes in other sectors.
Allen owned two professional sports teams: the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association and was part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer in 2009.
He was the founder of the Allen Institute for Brain Science, Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Institute for Cell Science, and Stratolaunch Systems.
Allen gave more than $2 billion to causes such as education, wildlife and environmental conservation, the arts, healthcare, community services, and more.
Allen received numerous awards and honors in several different professions and was listed among the Time 100 Most Influential People in The World in 2007 and 2008.
His parents to Kenneth Sam Allen and Edna Faye (née Gardner) Allen.
He attended Lakeside School, a private school in Seattle, where he befriended the two-years-younger Bill Gates, and with whom he shared an enthusiasm for computers.
The duo used Lakeside’s Teletype terminal to develop their programming skills on several time-sharing computer systems.
They also used the laboratory of the Computer Science Department of the University of Washington, doing personal research and computer programming; on at least one occasion in 1971, they were banned from the laboratory for abuse of their privileges there.
Stated to Allen, during their teenage years, he and Bill Gates would go dumpster-diving for computer program code.
Upon graduating and obtaining a perfect SAT score of 1600, Allen went to Washington State University, where he joined Phi Kappa Theta fraternity; after two years, however, he dropped out in order to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston, near Harvard University where Bill Gates had ended up.
Later, Allen convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard in order to create Microsoft.
He received his first electric guitar at the age of sixteen and was inspired to play it by listening to Jimi Hendrix.
During 2000, he played rhythm guitar on the independently-produced album Grown Men.
Allen had a major label release on Sony’s Legacy Recordings in 2013; Everywhere at Once by Paul Allen and the Underthinkers.
PopMatters.com described Everywhere at Once as “a quality release of blues-rock that’s enjoyable from start to finish.”
During an interview with Quincy Jones was released by the magazine New York on their Vulture website February 7, 2018.
While in the interview, Jones said that he had extreme respect for Eric Clapton, his band Cream, and Allen.
Exculpate Allen’s Hendrix-like play, the article mentioned a jam session on a yacht with Stevie Wonder
He was diagnosed with Stage 1-A Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982.
Allen cancer was successfully treated by several months of radiation therapy and a bone marrow transplant.
He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009.
His cancer was effective with treated until it returned in October 2018, which caused his death on October 15, 2018.
Allen was never married and had no children.
Paul Allen died at 65 years old.