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Paul Allen, cofounder, with Bill Gates, of Microsoft

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Paul Allen (65) cofounder of Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates. Hall became a billionaire philanthropist who invested in conservation, space travel, arts and culture, and professional sports. Allen and Gates met while attending a private school in north Seattle. The two friends later dropped out of college to pursue the future they envisioned: a world with a computer in every home. They founded the company in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and their first product was a computer language for the Altair hobby-kit personal computer, giving hobbyists a basic way to program and operate the machine. After Gates and Allen found some success selling their programming language, MS-Basic, the Seattle natives moved their business in 1979 to Bellevue, Washington, not far from its eventual home in Redmond. Microsoft's big break came in 1980, when IBM Corp. decided to move into personal computers and asked Microsoft to provide the operating system. Allen died of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in Seattle, Washington on October 15, 2018.


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