Washington (IANS) Paul Allen, who 43 years ago along with Bill Gates founded Microsoft, the company that revolutionised the software world and personal computers forever, has died, his family announced. He was 65.
In a statement, Allen's relatives said that the businessman died on Monday afternoon in Seattle, where Microsoft has its headquarters, from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, reports Efe news.
"My brother was a remarkable individual on every level," his sister Jody said in a statement.
"While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much-loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend."
Despite always staying in the shadow of Gates, his partner and friend since they were teens, Allen was a passionate lover of computers and a key figure in the creation of Microsoft in 1975.
According to Forbes magazine, Allen - born in Seattle in 1953 and whose fortune amounted to some $21.7 billion - was the world's 44th-richest person.
With the money, he made from the software company, Allen - together with his sister Jody - founded the Seattle-based Vulcan Inc. conglomerate, which managed his private investments and his philanthropic activities.
The Microsoft co-founder was also the owner of a professional football team, the Seattle Seahawks; a pro basketball team, the Portland Trail Blazers; and was the part-owner of a soccer team, the Seattle Sounders.
His philanthropic work includes creating organisations devoted to research such as the Allen Institute for Brain Science, along with the Institute for Artificial Intelligence and the Institute for Cell Science, both of which also bears his name.