Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Players, coaches react to Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s death

Players, coaches react to Seahawks owner Paul Allen’s death

Born in Seattle, Wash., Allen dropped out of university in 1975 to co-found Microsoft with his high school friend Bill Gates.

Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, has died in Seattle at the age of 65.

The 65-year-old's sister Jody described him as a "remarkable individual" whose generous spirit touched many. Our thoughts are with Allen's family, friends, and co-workers during this time. "At this time of loss and grief for us - and so many others - we are profoundly grateful for the care and concern he demonstrated everyday". In fact, it was Paul himself that came out with the company's name although it was originally spelled as Micro-Soft. Allen died at his Seattle-area home on Monday after his cancer returned following a 9-year remission period.

Along with Bill Gates and Monte Davidoff, Paul Allen is recognized as a key developer of Basic computer language for Intel 8080-based MITS Altair computer, the world's first native high-level programming language for a processor. He operated Vulcan Ventures, a venture-capital fund.

"But Paul wasn't content with starting one company".

His wealth peaked at about $30 billion in late 1999, according to Forbes magazine, but Allen was hurt by the sharp decline in Microsoft stock after the bubble burst in 2000 and some unprofitable technology investments.

Allen had left Microsoft by 1983 for health reasons but held on to shares which made up the bulk of his fortune, estimated at some $20 billion.

Allen's purchase of the Seahawks from previous owner Ken Behring saved the team from what had seemed like a near-certain relocation.

He was also active with the Allen Institutes of scientific research and owned professional U.S. sports teams the Seattle Seahawks and Portland Trail Blazers.

Those who recall only the Super Bowl runs of the Seahawks under Mike Holmgren and Pete Carroll may struggle to comprehend the state of the franchise in the mid-90s when Allen stepped in to prevent them from leaving Seattle. He also cofounded Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (formerly the Experience Music Project) and Everett's Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum. He founded the Allen Institute for Brain Science and the aerospace firm Stratolaunch, which has built a colossal airplane created to launch satellites into orbit. He's also the co-owner of the MLS' Seattle Sounders FC.

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