Microsoft co-founder and developer Paul Allen dies at 65

“Microsoft co-founder, developer and philanthropist Paul G. Allen died Monday afternoon, his company, Vulcan Inc., announced,” as The Seattle Times is reporting.

“Allen, also owner of the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trailblazers and part-owner of the Seattle Sounders through Vulcan, had battled non-Hodkin’s lymphoma, which receded in 2009. He announced Oct. 1 that the disease returned.

“Allen’s sister Jody Allen issued the following statement via Vulcan Monday: ‘My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us he was a much loved brother and uncle, and an exceptional friend.

“‘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. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many others – we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated every day.’

“Vulcan CEO Bill Hilf released this statement about the company’s founder: ‘All of us who had the honor of working with Paul feel inexpressible loss today. He possessed a remarkable intellect and a passion to solve some of the world’s most difficult problems, with the conviction that creative thinking and new approaches could make profound and lasting impact.

‘Millions of people were touched by his generosity, his persistence in pursuit of a better world, and his drive to accomplish as much as he could with the time and resources at his disposal.’

“Vulcan Inc. is Allen’s vehicle for his real estate, investment, entertainment and philanthropy efforts.

“Vulcan has built more than 7.8 million square feet of office, life sciences, residential and mixed-use development since 1998, according to the company’s website. South Lake Union, the hub of Amazon and the home of the Allen Institute of Brain Science and the Allen Institute of Cell Science, contains 80 percent of that footprint. The company sold an 11-building campus to Amazon for $1.16 billion in 2012.

“Allen has owned the Seahawks since 1996 after purchasing the team from Ken Behring, who threatened to move the team to Southern California.

“Other famous Allen landmarks include the Museum of Pop Culter (MoPop), the infamously eccentric building established in 2000 as Experience Music Project at Seattle Center, and Living Computer: Museum + Labs, which opened in Sodo in 2012. He also bought Belltown’s landmark movie theater, Cinerama, in 1998 and outfitted it during a 2014 remodel with the world’s first commercial digital laser projector.”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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