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
Chris Gardner Bio
Born on February 9, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Thomas Turner and Bettye Jean Gardner.
Chris was raised by his mother. He had an older half-sister, Ophelia and 2 other young sisters-Sharon and Kimberly from 2 different unions.
He was both the second child and the only boy born to his mother.
Chris recalls not getting along with his stepfather, Freddie Triplett whom he described as abusive.
The violent drama between his parents took a turn for the worse when Bettye was convicted for the attempted murder of Freddie.
Chris and his younger sisters were sent to foster homes.
However, he was a broken and confused child with no father figure to look up to. He was already a father before he met his biological father for the first time.
From child abuse and abandonment, Chris hard rough experience with alcoholism. Regardless, he insisted on being a better man, father and a “WORLD CLASS” personality.
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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.
Chris Gardner Career and Net Worth
As a dedicated and hardworking intern in Dean Witter Reynolds, Chris passed the test to become a stockbroker in 1982 and all his hardships paid off.
With mastery of the business and his wealth of experience, Chris founded his own stock brokerage company Gardner Rich & Co where he still serves as the CEO with a start-up capital of $10,000.
Looking back on the journey so far, he says the decision to be the very best version of him was one of the very best that he made.
“This decision led me to a career on Wall Street. In fact 30 years in the financial services industry and wouldn’t trade a day of it for anything in the world.”
As of 2015, this inspirational man who never gave into the hardships of life has been enjoying his net worth of $60 million.
Chris Gardner Entrepreneur
As an entrepreneur, Chris is a Company owner, a writer and a motivational speaker.
Chris became a known personality among people as his authored book which pictured his hardships being 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.
Hollywood loved his autobiography which was published and produced as a motion picture in 2006. Will Smith played his character in the movie.
The Pursuit of Happyness which is his first book became a New York Times and Washington Post #1 Bestseller.
The book has been translated into over 40 languages including 6 dialects. Further translations are being made to Chinese, and Arabic languages.
The movie version was a box office success. The film grossed $162,586,036 domestically in the US and Canada.
During its opening weekend, an earning of $27 million was recorded.
Chris Gardner Son and Ex-wife
Chris Gardner married Sherry Dyson, from Virginia On June 18, 1977. She was an educational expert in mathematics.
After 3 years the marriage failed and Chris left to start a new life with his new girlfriend, Jackie Medina.
On January 28, 1981, Chris and Jackie had a son, Christopher Jarrett Gardner Jr. By 1986, he legally severed nuptial ties with Sherry.
Chris who always dreamt of being a doctor gave it up to dream a new dream. He could barely take care of his Jackie and their son.
With his position as a research lab assistant, he earned an annual salary of $8,000. This could not meet his needs and responsibilities.
In time Jackie left him to cater for their son. At this time, Chris battled with homelessness for a year while working as an intern for a stock brokerage firm, Dean Witter Reynolds.
Towards the end of his poverty days, he re-established contact with Jackie. Together they had another child, named Jacintha in 1985.
Both were never married.
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Chris Gardner Motivational Speaking
Having conquered all of his fears, flaws and challenges, Chris finds duty in uplifting others.
Gardner also determined from his early experiences that alcoholism, domestic abuse, child abuse, illiteracy, fear, and powerlessness were all things he wanted to avoid in the future
“When I talk about alcoholism in the household, domestic violence, child abuse, illiteracy, and all of those issues – those are universal issues; those are not just confined to ZIP codes.”
Chris is a philanthropist. He has funded a $50 million San Francisco project which creates low-income housing and opportunities for employment in the area of the city where he was once homeless
Chris Gardener Quotes
1. Others may question your credentials, your papers, your degrees. Others may look for all kinds of ways to diminish your worth. But what is inside you no one can take from you or tarnish.
2. Without that sense of self, no amount of paper, no pedigree, and no credentials can make you legit. No matter what, you have to feel legit inside first.
3. Always, always pursue happiness.
4. The secret to success: find something you love to do so much, you can’t wait for the sun to rise to do it all over again.
5. Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something.
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