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ABE KAREM

Founder, Chief Designer, Co-Owner, Karem Aircraft

WHY: Dubbed the “drone father” for Predator device that revolutionized aerial warfare, company makes manned and unmanned rotorcraft vehicles mainly for the military. Now moving into development of VTOL civilian air taxi, called “Butterfly,” with Uber.

RECENT: Spinning off a separate company for the Uber project with $25M in Series A funding from South Korea’s Hanwha Systems.

NOTABLE: Born in Iraq, emigrated to Israel and then to the U.S. over 50 years, none of his teams has ever met failure on the technical side. “Southern California is one of the best places to do aircraft,” he said in August.

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