Paul Allen gets J’can tribute

Monday, November 26, 2018

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen (left) and music insider Wayne Jobson at the 2017 Coachella Music Festival in California.

ON November 10, family and friends of Microsoft founder Paul Allen gathered at his home on Mercer Island in Seattle, Washington, to reflect on his life and work.

Among the guests were Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer (former Microsoft CEO and Los Angeles Clippers owner) and actor Dan Ackroyd. Video messages were sent by Quincy Jones, who described Allen as an amazing guitarist and human being. Film director Steven Spielberg spoke about his heart and generosity.

Because Allen loved Jamaica so much, the country was represented by Wayne Jobson, and Susan Jobson who knew him for over 20 years. He visited their home in St Ann regularly, hanging out and jamming with musicians.

Guests drank Golden Eye, produced by Blackwell Rum, owned by Island Records founder Chris Blackwell.

Jamaicans Wayne Jobson and Susan Jobson, long-time friends of Allen, also attended the celebration.

Jobson, a Los Angeles-based disc jockey, paid tribute to Allen.

“Paul was a visionary, wizard and space cowboy. After inventing the code that runs the world’s computers, he could have just retired as a legend. But, instead, he decided to use his fortune to change the world and help mankind. Paul gave away US$2 billion to charity. He spent US$100 million to eradicate Ebola in Liberia.”

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf thanked Allen by video for saving her country by helping to wipe out Ebola.

Allen’s benevolence was boundless. He donated US$30 million to build permanent housing for homeless and low-income Seattle families, and US$26 million on SpaceShipOne, which won the Ansari X Prize.

Jobson concluded: “Paul Allen was the Einstein of our time. He helped us to see the world a little clearer. We will greatly miss the humble, gentle giant.”

One of the world’s wealthiest men, Paul Allen died on October 15 at age 65, from non-Hodgkin Lymphoma.

— HC

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