Billionaire Paul Allen, who has helped co-found Microsoft with Bill Gates in the year 1975. He was even recognized with coining the company’s name. He has died of cancer aged 65. The statement was made by Vulcan Inc. It is a private company which was controlled by the estate of the late philanthropist, investor, and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The organization reported that Paul died on the afternoon of Monday, on October 15, 2018.
First attack of cancer
The complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in Seattle is the reason for his death. It is to be noted that two weeks ago, Paul has revealed the return of cancer. After expressing that his cancer returned, Paul said that he planned on fighting it aggressively. It was his third bout of cancer, and progress in medicine since his last battle with the disease in 2009. He then wrote that his doctors were hopeful that he will see good results from the latest therapies, and so was he.
Allen’s significant contribution to early Microsoft was wrapping up the deals rather than writing code. Bill Gates was responsible for most of Microsoft’s programming work. But, it was Paul Allen who cut a settlement to present a disk operating system (DOS) for IBM’s Personal Computer. He then turned to the code written by Tim Paterson for the Seattle Computer Products. He is paying a total of $75,000 for a clone of the CP/M operating system QDOS that will later rename to 86-DOS. Eventually, Microsoft hired Paterson. They renamed the software to MS-DOS, delivered it to IBM to ship as PC-DOS with its fledgling 4.77MHz Intel 8088 PCs. Then it goes without saying that rest is history.
A triumphant treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma led to Allen abdicating from Microsoft in 1983. Though at that time he preserved his seat on the Microsoft board, he eventually winded up as the vice-chairman. He retained his shares, which made him a billionaire along with co-founder Bill Gates when Microsoft went public in 1986. His departure from day-to-day activities at Microsoft wasn’t without some retaliation. Bill Gates had tried to buy Paul’s shares at a low price in the year 1983.
In the year 2010, Paul Allen followed Bill Gates and Warren Buffet in making the “Giving Pledge”. It was a promise to give away most of his determined US$20bn wealth. He resigned from the Microsoft board in the year 2009, which followed the second round of treatment for cancer. By that time, his interests had widened considerably.
As well as interests in philanthropy, computer museums, the arts and music, Allen had a fascination with underwater archaeology, a six-engine, 227-tonne monster space plane Strato launch, and collecting Second World War relics, such as a V2 missile.
Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf stressed that Allen had already examined the future of his pursuits upon his death: “Paul thoughtfully addressed how the many establishments he founded and supported would go on even after he was no longer able to lead them. There are no changes in reference to Vulcan.”