Chris Gardner net worth: American entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist, Christopher Paul ‘Chris’ Gardner has a net worth of $60 million.
Christopher Paul Gardner is an American businessman, stockbroker, author as well as a motivational speaker who is famous for his inspiring life story from rags to riches. He is also widely known for being the author of “Pursuit of Happyness” which depicted his struggles as a homeless father, was made into a movie of the same name. Currently, Chris serves as the CEO of his founded company “Gardner Rich & Co”.
Born on February 9, 1954 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Chris was raised by his mother. He had a troubled childhood as his stepfather was abusive and his father did not live with him. After graduating from his high school, Chris went on to enlist in U.S Navy and worked in labs for years as a corpsman. Later, he was given full responsibility for laboratory and he also co-authored several medical journals with another doctor. He initially aimed to become a doctor but life was going towards a different direction for Chris as he struggled with his marriage and poverty.
As his marriage with Sherry Dyson failed, Chris struggled with poverty and homelessness with his toddler child who was in his full custody. While he was going through such a painful part of his life, he was also interning in “Dean Witter Reynolds” and with his perseverance, he passed the test to become a stockbroker in 1982 and all his hardships paid off.
He and his toddler son found a place for themselves and in 1987, Chris established his own brokerage firm named “Gardner Rich & Co” with a start-up capital of $10,000. The company is still in operation and earns millions every year. Chris still serves as the CEO of the same company.
Chris became a known personality among people as his authored book which pictured his hardships being a homeless was made into a movie. As the movie “Pursuit of Happyness”, where Will Smith portrays Chris’s character, became a worldwide hit, Chris became an instant celebrity.
He still inspires many people with his motivational speaks complimented by his own life story from rags to riches. As of 2015, this inspirational man who never gave in to the hardships of life has been enjoying his net worth of $60 million.
Quick Facts about Chris Gardner
Full Name: Christopher Paul Gardner
Profession: Businessman, author, stockbroker
Ethnicity: African American
Date of Birth: February 9, 1954
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Marital status: Divorcee (Sherry Dyson)
Astrological sign: Aquarius