Born in 1953 in Seattle, Washington, Paul Allen met fellow Lakeside School student and computer enthusiast Bill Gates when Allen was 14 and Gates was 12. Less than a decade later, in 1975, college drop-outs Allen and Gates founded Microsoft. Allen resigned after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease in 1983, and today continues to pursue other business, research, and philanthropic opportunities. According to Forbes, as of 2016, the self-made Microsoft entrepreneur is one of the wealthiest people in America with an estimated net worth of $19 billion.
In 1983, Allen, known as the “idea man” counterpart to Gates’ “man of action,” resigned from Microsoft after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease. After undergoing several months of radiation treatment, his health was restored, and he has been in remission ever since.
In the fall of 2009, Allen received another blow to his health: he had developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had to undergo more radiation treatments. Luckily, Allen has beat this cancer diagnosis as well.
Net Worth: $19m