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The Surprisingly Depressing Life Of Ty Warner - The Man Who Invented Beanie Babies

Updated 20 Apr 2018 8.2k views11 items

The name Ty Warner may not be immediately recognizable, but it's likely people have hundreds of his creations sitting in a closet somewhere. See, Ty Warner is the man who invented Beanie Babies; therefore, he also created the childhood of every kid growing up in the '90s. In some rare instances, Ty Warner's Beanie Babies made a few people rich back in the day. A few Beanie Babies still can.

Unlike the cheery Beanie Babies themselves, Ty Warner's life is surprisingly depressing. Although one might hope that a list of Ty Warner facts would primarily revolve around the happy inspirations for his cute stuffed animals, the reality is much more grim. Warner's childhood was highly abusive and very damaging to his personality. His mother was schizophrenic, and his father was sexually abusive toward his sister. A constant contradiction, he did many great things with his money, but he was also busted in 2013 for tax fraud.

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