Seahawks, Blazers owner, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Joanna Estrada
October 16, 2018

He owned an National Basketball Association team, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the NFL's Seattle Seahawks. Paul's family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern. For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. But the true impact of his vision and generosity is evident around the globe.

Allen is the one who came up with the name - Micro-Soft.

"He cared about the larger world, too, stepping up to fight Ebola and working to preserve endangered animals".

Born in Seattle on January 21, 1953, Allen's love for football was first nurtured by his father, who took him to Washington Huskies games as a child. They designed software for the yet-to-explode personal computer revolution.

Microsoft's big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. chose to move into personal computers and asked Microsoft to provide the operating system. IBM asked Microsoft to provide the operating system. "That he went on to do so much more for our state, nation and the world puts him in rarefied company".

Paul Allen, Microsoft Co-Founder, Dead At 65
Microsoft Co-Founder, Paul Allen, Has Died at 65

The decision thrust Microsoft onto the throne of technology and the two Seattle-natives became billionaires.

With his sister Jody Allen in 1986, he founded Vulcan, the investment firm that oversees his business and philanthropic efforts. He also developed a string of other businesses and philanthropies, including the Allen Institute for Brain Science. He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1983 and resigned shortly thereafter, but still was an active member of the board until 2000. He founded Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture, previously called the Experience Music Project.

Allen also owned the NFL's Seattle Seahawks, and a share of Major League Soccer's Seattle Sounders FC.

An enthusiastic sports fan, Allen spent $70 million of that fortune to buy the Trail Blazers in 1988 from California real estate magnate Larry Weinberg.

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