Paul Allen and Bill Gates Rekindle Their Friendship After Over A Year

The memoir of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is called “Idea Man” and it is about how he started Microsoft will Bill Gates.  The book actually caused Mr. Allen and Mr. Gates to have a rift in their friendship because it contains a story about how Mr. Gates attempted to severely dilute Mr. Allen’s stake in the company.  This was a plan between Bill Gates and current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

“Not everyone loved everything I wrote,” stated Mr. Allen. “Some of my Microsoft friends were piqued that I’d cast the company’s recent history in ‘not the most favorable light,’ as one of them told me. But almost everyone soon got past their unhappiness — with the exception of Bill Gates.

Mr. Allen said that he and Mr. Gates did not have any contact for over a year and he feared that their friendship was over.  After Mr. Allen’s mother Faye Allen passed away in June, Bill Gates told him how sorry he was to hear the news and that he hoped to renew their friendship.

“I believe we will be friends again,” stated Allen. “The history we share is more powerful than whatever comes between us.”  Later Bill Gates visited Allen’s yacht when it docked in London for the Olympics.

In the epilogue of the book, Mr. Allen wrote about the Stratolaunch Systems space venture, the release of Windows 8, and his $300 million commitment to work on the Allen Institute for Brain Science.

Paul Allen has an estimated net worth of $14.2 billion.  He owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers.  He was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1982 and was successfully treated by several months of radiation therapy.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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