Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, 65, reveals he has been diagnosed with cancer for a THIRD time – but says his doctors are optimistic that he will beat it again
- Allen announced the return of his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma on Twitter Monday
- He previously battled and beat the common form of blood cancer in 2009
- Allen co-founded Microsoft with childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975
- He resigned from the firm in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease
- The 56-year-old is believed to be the 46th-richest person in the world with a net worth of $19billion
- He currently owns the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma nearly a decade after he was treated for and cured of the form of blood cancer back in 2009.
The 65-year-old announced the cancer’s return in a tweet on Monday, writing: ‘Some personal news: Recently, I learned the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma I battled in 2009 has returned.
‘I’ve begun treatment & my doctors are optimistic that I will see a good result. Appreciate the support I’ve received & count on it as I fight this challenge.’
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The billionaire previously battled and beat the blood cancer in 2009
Allen founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates (left) in 1975. He stepped down from the company in 1983 after having been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease
Allen, believed to be the 46th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $19billion, founded Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates in 1975.
He resigned from the company in 1983 after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a similar form of cancer to the kind he is now battling for the second time.
Since stepping down from Microsoft, Allen has focused his energy on supporting brain science research and various philanthropies.
He is also the owner of the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers.
Allen is now the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks and the NBA’s Portland Trailblazers
Both teams issued statements on Allen’s behalf, which is shown in full below:
‘I learned recently that the non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma that I was treated for in 2009 has returned. My team of doctors has begun treatment of the disease and I plan on fighting this aggressively.
‘A lot has happened in medicine since I overcame this disease in 2009. My doctors are optimistic that I will see good results from the latest therapies, as am I.
‘I will continue to stay involved with Vulcan, the Allen Institutes, the Seahawks and Trail Blazers, as I have in the past. I have confidence in the leadership teams to manage their ongoing operations during my treatment.
‘I am very grateful for the support I’ve received from my family and friends. And I’ve appreciated the support of everyone on the teams and in the broader community in the past, and count on that support now as I fight this challenge.
‘Go Seahawks! Go Blazers!
‘Paul G. Allen.’