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Paul Allen, Co-Founder of Microsoft, speaks during an event at the 92nd Street Y in New York, April 17, 2011.
Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen has died from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Vulcan Inc. said Monday on behalf of his family.
“indispensible” contributions to Microsoft and the technology industry. Nadella also said he learned a lot from Allen and will continue to be inspired by him.
“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,” Nadella said in a statement.
Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer called Alen a “truly wonderful, bright and inspiring person.”
Steven Sinofsky, former president of Microsoft’s Windows division, said Allen “did so much to shape lives with computing and his later work in science, community, and research.”
@stevesi: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies Paul was an original and a dear person who did so much to shape lives with computing and his later work in science, community, and research. I am so deeply saddened by his passing. He will be missed. RIP Paul.
Allen also ranked among the world’s wealthiest individuals. As of Monday afternoon, he ranked 44th on Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires with an estimated net worth of more than $20 billion. He was also the owner of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and had a stake in Seattle’s Sounders soccer team.
Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll said he was deeply saddened by Allen’s death.
@PeteCarroll: Deeply saddened by the passing of @PaulGAllen. I’ll miss him greatly. His gracious leadership and tremendous inspiration will never be forgotten. The world is a better place because of Paul’s passion, commitment, and selflessness. His legacy will live on forever.
The Trail Blazers tweeted, “We miss you. We thank you. We love you.”
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— CNBC’s Matt Rosoff, Ryan Ruggiero and Reuters contributed to this report.