Tuesday US briefing: Microsoft magnate Paul Allen dies at 65
Source: The Guardian
Top story: Bill Gates ‘heartbroken’ by Microsoft co-founder’s death
Paul Allen, who co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975 and went on to spend his considerable fortune on philanthropy and his varied personal passions, died on Monday aged 65.
Gates said he was “heartbroken” at the passing of his childhood friend, who had been suffering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. An avid sports fan, Allen owned the Portland Trail Blazers and the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks won their only Super Bowl in 2014, under his stewardship.
– Giving back. Allen contributed more than $2bn across a spectrum of philanthropic interests, including ocean health, elephant conservation, homelessness, and scientific research.
– Sunken ships. He also funded several successful expeditions in search of the US and Japanese warships sunk during the war in the Pacific.
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