Mom Threw Him Away Next to a Dumpster, Now He Is a Millionaire
Freddie Figgers, the millionaire tech inventor who was abandoned by his biological mother next to a dumpster, beat the odds despite all the unfortunate circumstances.
Nowadays, Freddie is a 31-year-old entrepreneur whose love for computers has led him to become someone looking to help out others with his inventions.
At the age of 8, he was shocked to find out what his mother had done to him after asking his adoptive father, Nathan Figgers, about it. He felt worthless. In his own words, he felt like he was trash.
A VERY ROUGH TIME
However, Nathan, a maintenance worker and handyman from Quincy, North Florida, who was married to a farmworker named Betty Mae Figgers, told him to never let it bother him.
The couple adopted Freddie when he was only two days old, but while they were sweet and caring, the kids from the neighborhood were downright cruel.
Freddie would get bullied every day, the other children would call him "dumpster baby" or "trash can boy," and it was so bad that sometimes he would get thrown into an actual trash can after leaving the school bus.
It came to a point where Nathan had to wait for his son at the bus stop to protect him from the bullies, but he would also get mocked for his age and for using a cane.
PROUD OF HIS PARENTS
But none of that mattered to Freddie. As far as he was concerned, Nathan and Betty Mae were heroes and the best role models he could ever ask for.
His childhood changed when he acquired an old Macintosh from a second-hand store for $24. It was broken but, after using a few parts from an alarm clock, he was able to make it work. He said:
"As I was looking in it I saw capacitors that were broken. I had soldering guns there and I had radios and alarm clocks, so I took parts out of my father's radio alarm clock and I soldered them into the circuit board."
Technology fascinated him and that love, along with the desire to help others and make the world a better place, was what led him to become an inventor.
After that, while children were playing in the playground, Freddie would be in the computer lab at school fixing computers. Later on, he was hired by Quincy's mayor to do the same but at the city hall for $12 an hour.
FOLLOWING HIS DREAMS
At the age of 15, Freddie went against his parents' wishes and dropped out of school to start his own computing business. That was around the same time Nathan developed Alzheimer's.
His first invention, a GPS tracker with a built-in speaker attached to the sole of a shoe, allowed him to track and find his father whenever he wandered off because of the disease.
PAIN INSPIRED HIM
Nathan passed away in 2014 at the age of 81. The shoe tracker was sold for $2.2 million, and Freddie wanted to buy his father his dream 1933 Ford pick-up truck but it was sadly too late. He recalled:
"Knowing my father, he wasn't a rich man at all, but he made an impact on so many people's lives and I want to just do right by everyone I meet and help everyone I can."
After that, and inspired by his uncle who died after falling into a diabetic coma, Freddie went on to invent a glucometer that instantly shares a person's blood sugar level with a relative.
Not only that, but he also started his own telecoms company, bringing 2G and 3G networks to remote locations where people were still using dial-up internet.
In 2015, Freddie tied the knot with attorney Natlie Figgers, with whom he has a little girl named Rose. Aside from his businesses and education and healthcare foundations, he also helps children and families in need.
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