Most of us have followed a fairly normal life path and lead a typical daily life. But nothing in Freddie Figgers’s life can be called ‘normal’: everything about his story is extraordinary.
Life didn’t start easy for Figgers, who was left as a newborn baby near a container. His mother didn’t want him; of course she had no idea then what would become of him.
Nathan and Betty Figgers probably had no idea either, but they welcomed the baby and gave him love, a home and a family. And Freddie blossomed.
“It’s amazing that you can meet such people, and to this day I’ve never met my biological parents,” Figgers said, about his adoptive parents in an article on his website. “I’ve never been interested.”
Figgers was a handyman by nature and loved electronic equipment. For his tenth birthday, he took a computer from 1989, a gift from his father, completely apart and then put it back together again.
At the age of 12, Freddie had his first job as a computer technician. Three years later, he developed a cloud database in his own backyard and became his own boss.
With such a clear mind and an equally great talent, regular education did not have much to offer this young man. Instead of completing his university studies, Freddie chose to go to work. He continued to focus on new technologies and inventions and founded his own telecommunications company, Figgers Communications, for his 30th birthday, which has a current value of over $62.3 million.
Figgers is particularly interested in the mix of technology and healthcare. Even at a young age, he invented useful devices to help his adoptive father, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
By placing both a communication device and a GPS tracker in his father’s shoes, Figgers was able to locate him at any time and talk to him.
The potential growth of the now 30-year-old seems endless. He is expanding his business by developing devices for people with diabetes.
“Diabetes is a major public health problem approaching epidemic proportions worldwide,” Figgers wrote on Facebook in August. “The spread of diabetes is increasing at an alarming rate. Nationwide, 1 in 12 adults have diabetes, and type 2 diabetes has even become a common childhood disease.”
“Large pharmaceutical companies have saddled consumers with outrageous costs and have, for far too long, been earning billions of dollars by taking advantage of this terrible disease. We could have easily sold our invention to any medical company, but that would only exacerbate the problem.”
“We have an all-in-one solution to keep diabetes under control 24/7. But best of all, it’s affordable for all patients. WE PUT PEOPLE ABOVE PROFIT.”
Figgers has also dedicated himself to education. As a back-to-school initiative, he donated 20 computers to the Sarasota Military Academy. The chairman of the Language Arts Department, Sylvia Gillotte, saw Freddie not only as a generous donor, but also as a role model.
“Freddie, left alone as a baby, was adopted by a loving couple who encouraged and supported his fascination with computers at an early age,” Gillotte said. “His hobby created a curiosity and love of technology that led to the creation of a cloud service at the age of 15, and eventually to the development of four patents.
“Freddie is an incredible source of inspiration for our cadets and we are grateful for his donation to our Academy. He’s shown where dedication, talent and hard work can lead – he’s definitely someone to keep an eye on.”