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Freddie Figgers: The millionaire tech inventor who was 'thrown away' as a baby

Lucy Wallis

2021

Freddie Figgers was given his first computer at the age of nine. It was old and didn't work but it was the start of a love affair with technology that turned him into an inventor, entrepreneur and telecoms millionaire - a future that few would have predicted after his tough start in life.
Freddie had been found abandoned as a newborn baby next to a dumpster (a large rubbish container) in rural Florida.
Nathan Figgers was a maintenance worker and handyman and Betty Mae Figgers, a farm worker. They lived in Quincy, a rural community of about 8,000 people in North Florida, and were in their 50s when Freddie was born in 1989.