Blazers, Seahawks owner Allen dies at 65

Paul Allen Jim LentzUCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Gala Arrivals Los Angeles USA- 13 Mar 2017

He was just 65 years old.

"All of us who worked with Paul feel an inexpressible loss today".

"He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world's most hard problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact".

Allen founded Vulcan Inc.in 1986 to manage his wide-ranging business activities and philanthropic efforts.

Allen revealed that he had started treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma earlier this month having overcome the cancer nine years earlier.

Born in Seattle, Wash., Allen dropped out of university in 1975 to co-found Microsoft with his high school friend Bill Gates.

Both Mr Allen and Mr Gates later dedicated themselves to philanthropy. When IBM contracted Microsoft to provide the operating system for their personal computers in 1980, the company gained success.

Allen's sister Jody praised her brother in an emotional statement.

Allen is being remembered across the globe following his passing, including from Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, who said, "Our industry has lost a pioneer and our world has lost a force for good".

Gates remained to run Microsoft until January 2000.

Allen had his stake in Microsoft to thank for his billions. That was before Microsoft went public.

Allen, who first came up with the name Micro-Soft, a reference to making software for small computers, was also influential in securing arguably the tech giant's biggest breakthrough.

He was also active with the Allen Institutes of scientific research and owned professional USA sports teams the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers.

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

Outside of the sports landscape, Allen has given north of $2 billion to help with the advancements of the sciences, technology and education.

In 2011, Allen founded Stratolaunch, a company that aims to make it easier (and cheaper) for people to get into space.

On the Trail Blazers' end, the team made it to the postseason in 23 of the 30 seasons that Allen owned the team, a total that includes two appearances in the NBA Finals.

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