Bill Gates revealed that he is “heartbroken” by the recent passing of his “oldest friend” Paul Allen.
Allen, who persuaded school pal Bill to start what became the world’s biggest software company, died in Seattle at the age of 65.
Corbis – Getty Microsoft founders Paul Allen and Bill Gates pictured together in the 1970s before the pair fell out[/caption]
Just two weeks ago, Allen, who owned the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, had announced that the same cancer he had in 2009 had returned.
Consequently, Allen lost his third battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Monday.
Allen never displayed the commercial instinct of Gates, who generally is credited with powering Microsoft’s rise to ubiquity in the 1990s.
He left Microsoft in 1983 after falling out with Gates and his new lieutenant, Steve Ballmer, in December 1982, only months after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
AFP or licensors Paul Allen (left) and Bill Gates (right) watch Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers in 2000[/caption]
Rex Features Allen and Gates founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico[/caption]
As he recalled in his 2011 memoir “Idea Man,” he overheard Gates and Ballmer secretly plotting to reduce his ownership stake.
Gates and Ballmer later apologised but the damage was done and Allen left Microsoft, although he remained on the board until 2000.
Gates, who met Allen at a private school in Seattle, said: “I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends, Paul Allen.
Gates said: “Personal computing would not have existed without him.”
Allen was a programmer who coined Microsoft’s name and made important contributions to its early success.
At the company’s founding, Allen let Gates talk him into taking the short end of a 60-40 ownership split.
A few years later, he settled for an even smaller share, 36 percent, at Gates’ insistence.
Reflecting on that moment In his memoir, Allen concluded that he might have haggled more, but realised that “my heart wasn’t in it. So I agreed.”
AP:Associated Press The two friends both dropped out of university to pursue the future they envisioned: A world with a computer in every home[/caption]
Eastside Journal Allen met Gates at Seattle’s private Lakeside School[/caption]
After Allen graduated from the Seattle’s private Lakeside School, where he met Gates, Allen spent two years at Washington State University.
The two friends both dropped out of university to pursue the future they envisioned: A world with a computer in every home.
Long-time technology analyst Rob Enderle, who also consulted for Allen, said: “There would be no Microsoft as we know it without Paul Allen.”
Allen and Gates founded Microsoft in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and their first product was a computer language for the Altair hobby-kit personal computer, giving hobbyists a basic way to program and operate the machine.
After Gates and Allen found some success selling their programming language, the Seattle natives moved their business in 1979 to Bellevue, Washington, not far from its eventual home in Redmond.
Allen previously wrote that he and Gates “were extraordinary partners.”
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In October 2018, Forbes magazine estimated his wealth at £16.4billion and said he was the 44th richest person in the world.
Over the course several decades, Allen gave more than £1.52billion to a wide range of interests, including ocean health, homelessness and advancing scientific research.
Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella said: “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.”
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