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>> Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who had been suffering from Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, passed away at the age of 65 on Monday. Ranked by Forbes the 44th richest person in the world, Allen and his high school buddy Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975. After leaving the company in 1983, he went on to fund everything from films, space travel, libraries, universities and brain research.
Technology created by his firm Vulcan is now used to track wildlife and trap poachers in a bid to help protect some of the world's most endangered species. With his $20 billion fortune, Allen also had ownership stakes in several professional sports teams including the Portland Trailblazers and Seattle Seahawks.
Two weeks ago, he tweeted that the disease he overcame in 2009 had returned and that he hoped to see good results from treatment. In a statement, his investment firm, Vulcan, wrote, quote, today we mourn our boss, mentor, and friend whose 65 years were too short. And acknowledge the honor it has been to work alongside someone whose life has transformed the world.