John Abele

About John Abele

Birth Year: 1937
Birth Place: United States
Residence: Shelburne, Vermont
Citizenship: American
Alma mater: Amherst College, 1959
Occupation: Businessman and inventor
Known for: co-founder of Boston Scientific
Board member of: FIRST Robotics, Argosy Foundation, Rocky Mountain Institute
Spouse(s): Mary Abele
Children: Chris Abele Alex Abele Jennifer Abele
Parent(s): Mannert Lincoln Abele Catherine Eaton

John Abele

John Abele was born on 1937 in United States. John Abele cofounded medical device developer Boston Scientific in 1979 to provide less invasive, more accessible treatments. Abele took the company public in 1992 and became a billionaire three years later. He donated a significant portion of his fortune and now only has a tiny stake in the now $8.3 billion (sales) company. Through his Argosy Foundation, he and his family have given over $100 million in grants to nonprofits.

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Famous Quotes:

I can be a Yoda. A Yoda can go in and be the honest broker and challenge others in a way that humbles them.



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.


He was the Chairman of the Board for FIRST robotics, and served as chairman from 2002 to 2010.


Abele is married to Mary Abele. They have three children: Chris, Alex, and Jennifer. Chris Abele successfully ran for Milwaukee County executive in 2010.

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