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|Born||1971 (age 48–49)|
|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 served as its CEO from its founding in 2010. In May of 2020, amid financial strife for the company, Abovitz stepped down from his position.
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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