Paul Allen, who along with Bill Gates founded Microsoft 43 years ago has died. 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.
“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.”
“I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends. Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him, ”Gates said in a statement.
Despite always staying in the shadow of Gates, his partner and friend since they were teenagers, Allen was a passionate lover of computers and a key figure in the creation of Microsoft in 1975.
“Paul Allen’s contributions to our company, our industry and to our community are indispensable. As co-founder of Microsoft, in his own quiet and persistent way, he created magical products, experiences and institutions, and in doing so, he changed the world,” CEO Satya Nadella said in a statement.