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|Born||1971 (age 47–48)|
|Education||B.S. University of Miami|
|Parent(s)||Isaac and Itta Abovitz|
Rony Abovitz (born 1971) is an American entrepreneur. Abovitz founded MAKO Surgical Corp., a company manufacturing surgical robotic arm assistance platforms, in 2004. MAKO was acquired by Stryker Corporation in 2013 for $1.65B.
Abovitz is the founder of the Mixed reality/Augmented Reality (MR/AR) company Magic Leap and is currently its CEO. In October 2014, the startup raised over $540 million of venture funding from Google and other investors. In March 7, 2018, Magic Leap raised $461 million in Series D funding from Axel Springer Digital Ventures and Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, which brought the total funding amount to $2.3 Billion. Other investors include Alibaba Group, AT&T, JP Morgan Chase, Fidelity Management, Qualcomm Ventures, and Morgan Stanley. In 2016, Forbes estimated that Magic Leap was worth $4.5 billion. In October 2017, Magic Leap announced the partnership with online comic book publisher Madefire. Magic Leap unveiled its first product, the Magic Leap One, on December 20, 2017. Magic Leap One was released to developers in 6 cities on August 8, 2018.
Abovitz was born to an Orthodox Jewish family, the eldest of five children of Isaac and Itta Abovitz. His parents immigrated from Israel to Cleveland, Ohio in 1962. Abovitz's father worked in the real estate industry and his mother was an artist. He grew up playing Atari video games, and at the age of 8 he received his first computer which he says was an Apple Macintosh [Introduced in 1984, when he was 13]. In 1983, his family moved to Hollywood, Florida where he attended Nova High School in Davie, Florida. After high school, Abovitz aimed to have a career as a scientist. He attended the University of Miami, where he eventually obtained a master's degree in biomedical engineering. While attending university, he was also a cartoonist.
In 2017, Abovitz spoke at the Black Tech Week annual conference, where he shared some of his goals for the Magic Leap company.
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Abovitz comes from an Orthodox Jewish background and was planning to leave work early to observe the Sabbath
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