New London, Connecticut
|Education||Amherst College, 1959|
|Occupation||Businessman and inventor|
|Known for||co-founder of Boston Scientific|
|Net worth||US $ 603 million (2006)|
Board member of
|FIRST Robotics, Argosy Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute|
|Parent(s)||Mannert Lincoln Abele
Early life and education
Abele was raised in a "Classic Yankee family," the youngest of three sons of Catherine (née Eaton) and Lieutenant Commander Mannert Lincoln Abele, USN. His father was the commanding officer of the submarine USS Grunion when the vessel was lost in the Aleutians on July 31, 1942 presumably to enemy action. (Abele later funded research to locate the Grunion, which was found in the Bering Sea). At the age of seven, Abele was stricken with osteomyelitis, a bacterial infection of the bone marrow, requiring multiple surgeries and years of using crutches. He is a graduate of Amherst College with a double major in physics and philosophy (he later served as a trustee).
His first job was at a light-fixture company in the Midwest; he later moved back to New England to work for a small medical company near Boston. Soon after he branched out on his own and co-founded Boston Scientific with Peter Nicholas.
In 2006, he was ranked #258 by Forbes magazine's list of "The World's Richest People," with an estimated net worth of $2.7 billion. In 2005 he was ranked #132 by Forbes Magazine's list of "The World's Richest People," with an estimated net worth of $4 billion.
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- Amherst College: "Flowers on the Water" by Rand Richards Cooper Spring 2009
- Homans, Charles (2006-08-26). "Long-Lost World War II Sub May Be Found". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2007-07-05.
- Business Innovation Factory; "Serendipity, Social Networking and Finding a Needle in a Haystack" retrieved March 8, 2013
- "John E. Abele Profile - Forbes.com". Forbes.com. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
- "USFIRST.org". USFIRST.org. Retrieved 2010-06-09.
- "John E. Abele". FIRST. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
- USA Science and Engineering Festival – Advisors retrieved 2010-07-05
- Greater Milwaukee Business Journal: "Foundation moving to Milwaukee - Chris Abele to head family's philanthropy" by Pete Millard November 17, 2002
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Sources say Abele planning to run for Milwaukee County executive" By Daniel Bice December 17, 2010