What this means for the future of sports in Portland is unclear Paul Allen, Trail Blazers and Seahawks owner, dies at 65 Paul Allen, longtime owner of the Portland Trail Blazers and one of the world's richest men, died Monday in Seattle from complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He was 65. Allen, born in Seattle in 1953, was a fixture in the Northwest for most of his life. He co-founded Microsoft with longtime friend Bill Gates and built the startup computer company into one of the worlds most successful corporations. As a result, Allen became a multibillionaire and a regular among Forbes Magazines list of the richest people in the world.