Paul Allen (1953 – 2018) co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates. The duo started Microsoft in 1975. When IBM contracted Microsoft to provide the operating system for their personal computers, the company gained success.
Allen was a major sports fan, becoming the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers. The Seahawks won their first Super Bowl in 2014.
He was a philanthropist who donated billions of dollars for various causes including homelessness and environmental issues.
Allen was a skilled guitarist and a big fan of Jimi Hendrix. His Museum of Pop Culture features much of his Hendrix memorabilia.
Bill Gates paid tribute to his friend, "I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen. From our early days together at Lakeside School, through our partnership in the creation of Microsoft, to some of our joint philanthropic projects over the years, Paul was a true partner and dear friend. Personal computing would not have existed without him."
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