Paul Allen, one of the two co-founders of Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in 1981, who literally changed the world with PC software, has died at the age of 65.
Ask anyone who started Microsoft and the answer is almost always Bill Gates. But very few people know that Paul Allen, who studied and grew up with Bill Gates, was the driving force behind Microsoft -- he was the one who persuaded Bill Gates to drop out of Harvard and start Microsoft in 1975. And the rest, as they say, is history.
At Microsoft's 40th anniversary in 2015, Paul Allen posted some of the earliest code used in the company's first software product on Twitter. The code began with a "Copyright 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen" legal disclaimer.
On Paul Allen's death, Bill Gates said, "I am heartbroken by the passing of one of my oldest and dearest friends." Others from the tech world and beyond remember and paid tribute to Paul Allen as news of his death broke early this morning.
Apart from co-founding Microsoft, which saw his personal value peak at $30 billion in 1999, Paul Allen had several other interests. He was a champion of sports, owning two professional sports teams in America -- the NFL Seattle Seahawks and NBA Portland Trailblazers. He was an accomplished guitarist, owning several legendary guitars, including one from Jimi Hendrix -- he counted Bono and Mick Jagger among his friends.