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Yes very sad, though he had a great life.

 

Of course I love Warren and Charlie, but Paul Allen really lived the billionaire life that I think I'd like to live. He gave tremendously to help the less fortunate, but he also owned his favorite sports teams, built a massive yacht, gave money to build a telescope array to search for alien life...and on and on. Seemed like a hell of a guy.

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Yes very sad, though he had a great life.

 

Of course I love Warren and Charlie, but Paul Allen really lived the billionaire life that I think I'd like to live. He gave tremendously to help the less fortunate, but he also owned his favorite sports teams, built a massive yacht, gave money to build a telescope array to search for alien life...and on and on. Seemed like a hell of a guy.

 

I agree.  He also provided the sole funding for SpaceShipOne.  I know he died young, but to say he was first diagnosed with cancer in 1983 he got to live a relatively long time. And it seems he made the most of it.

 

 

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Yes very sad, though he had a great life.

 

Of course I love Warren and Charlie, but Paul Allen really lived the billionaire life that I think I'd like to live. He gave tremendously to help the less fortunate, but he also owned his favorite sports teams, built a massive yacht, gave money to build a telescope array to search for alien life...and on and on. Seemed like a hell of a guy.

 

I agree.  He also provided the sole funding for SpaceShipOne.  I know he died young, but to say he was first diagnosed with cancer in 1983 he got to live a relatively long time. And it seems he made the most of it.

 

Ben Thompson quotes from Allen's book, Idea Man:

 

Once I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s, my decision became simpler. If I were to relapse, it would be pointless—if not hazardous—to return to the stresses at Microsoft. If I continued to recover, I now understood that life was too short to spend it unhappily…

 

Sometimes it seemed that Bill so utterly identified with Microsoft that he’d get confused about where the company left off and he began. I didn’t feel quite the same way. The business was hugely important, but it did not define me. I wasn’t sure what the future held, or even how much of it I’d have to enjoy, but I looked forward to a new phase. I had never forgotten my father’s advice: “Whatever you do, you should love it.” My dad was happy for me when I’d returned to Seattle four years earlier, full of ideas and enthusiasm. It seemed to him that I’d found my calling, and I thought I had, too. But now it was time to go.

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