Paul Allen’s sister, Jody, has been named the executor of the Microsoft co-founder’s vast estate, the family said Wednesday.
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Paul Allen — whose influence spans ownership of major sports franchises, broad swaths of real estate, research facilities, cultural institutions, environmental conservation projects and more — died at the age of 65 last week, two weeks after announcing that he was diagnosed with a recurrence of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
In a statement, the family said that Jody Allen’s appointment as “executor and trustee of his estate,” was “pursuant to his instructions.” Paul Allen was not survived by a spouse or children.
In the statement, Jody Allen pledged that she will “ensure that Paul’s vision is realized, not just for years, but for generations.”
Here is Jody Allen’s full statement:
I have been given the great responsibility to steward Paul’s wealth in service of his vision for the future. I will do all that I can to ensure that Paul’s vision is realized, not just for years, but for generations.
Paul sought solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems, to celebrate the range of human expression, and to implement programs that effect positive global and local outcomes.
While the loss of Paul is overwhelming, I am dedicated to preserving and implementing Paul’s vision. Paul made the world a better place. Through Paul’s generosity, and with the help and support of Paul’s friends, partners and colleagues, the future will be even better. Paul’s light shall continue to shine.