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Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, dies at 65

Noted businessman, technologist, and philanthropist passes away of complications from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and noted businessman and philanthropist has died at the age of 65 today, according to a statement on behalf of his family released by Allen's investment company, Vulcan Inc.

Allen passed away from complications related to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, which made a return earlier this year after an initial diagnosis and treatment in 2009.

In the gaming industry, Allen was best-known for creating Microsoft along with Bill Gates in 1975, with Allen himself coming up with "Microsoft" as "the totally obvious name" for the company. His efforts helped lead to Microsoft's initial contract with IBM, kickstarting the company's success. Thoguh Allen departed Microsoft in 1982, he remained involved in board and consulting roles for years after.

Allen's investments and charitable interests included a number of endeavors related to sports, aerospace, film, conservation, and health research.

"Paul Allen's contributions to our company, our industry, and to our community are indispensable," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "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.

"I have learned so much from him - his inquisitiveness, curiosity, and push for high standards is something that will continue to inspire me and all of us at Microsoft. Our hearts are with Paul's family and loved ones. Rest in peace."

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