Paul Allen, Blazers Owner and Microsoft Co-Founder, Dead at 65

Seattle Seahawks team owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at a Seahawks game in 2014

Seattle Seahawks team owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen at a Seahawks game in 2014

"My brother was a remarkable individual on every level".

Local sports were also a priority; Allen bought the Seattle Seahawks NFL team in 1996 to prevent it from being moved to California, and he was a minority owner of the Seattle Sounders MLS team. "As one of the longest-tenured owners in the NBA, Paul brought a sense of discovery and vision to every league matter large and small". Earlier this month, Allen announced that he was again suffering from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "In non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, tumors develop from lymphocytes - a type of white blood cell".

Microsoft's success earned him and Gates tens of billions of dollars, and by 1992 a Wall Street research firm estimated that at least 2,200 Microsoft employees - almost one-fifth of the company's workforce - had become millionaires. Allen, who retained a sizable stake in Microsoft after leaving the company, was personally worth $21.7 billion, Forbes reported in March.

Vulcan Inc. said Allen possessed "a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world's most hard problems", and hailed his conviction in creative thinking to have an impact on society.

Allen served as Microsoft's executive vice president of research and new product development until 1983, when he resigned after being diagnosed with cancer.

The Microsoft co-founder died in Seattle due to complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. "And in doing so, he changed the world", added the company's CEO Satya Nadella.

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Mr Allen founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the Institute for Artificial Intelligence, the Institute for Cell Science and Stratolaunch Systems, a space transportation venture.

Allen's wealth from his shares allowed him to invest in sports teams, as well as philanthropic projects through his own foundation.

"Paul Allen was the driving force behind keeping the NFL in the Pacific Northwest", NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. The Seahawks reached the Super Bowl for the first time ever in 2005, and finally took home the Lombardi trophy in January 2014 after winning Super Bowl XLVIII.

Allen and Gates, while friends, were also considered to have a competitive relationship.

When not working, Allen was by all accounts a talented guitarist and released a blues rock album in 2013.

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