Chris Gardner Biography
Gardner was born on February 9, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Thomas Turner and Bettye Jean Gardner. He was Betty Jean’s second child and the only boy. Ophelia, his older half-sister, is from a previous marriage. Sharon and Kimberly, his younger sisters, are the children of his mother’s marriage to Freddie Triplett. Gardner first met his three maternal uncles, Archibald, Willie, and Henry, while in foster care. Gardner decided to enlist after finishing secondary school, inspired by his Uncle Henry’s worldwide adventures in the United States Navy. He spent four years at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, where he worked as a hospital corpsman.
Chris Gardner Career
Christopher Paul Gardner is a businessman and motivational speaker from the United States. Gardner struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler son in the early 1980s. He became a stockbroker and, in 1987, established his own brokerage firm, Gardner Rich & Co. Gardner sold his minority stake in the firm and published a memoir in 2006. That book was adapted into the film The Pursuit of Happiness, starring Will Smith. Gardner Rich & Co. was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in 1987, as a “institutional brokerage firm specializing in the execution of debt, equity, and derivative products transactions for some of the nation’s largest institutions, public pension plans, and unions.”
Chris Gardner Personal Life
Chris Gardner married Sherry Dyson, a Virginia native and mathematics educator, on June 18, 1977. His relationship with Sherry was estranged, due in part to his decision to forego a medical career and in part to behavioral differences. He began an affair with a dental student named Jackie Medina while still living with Sherry, and she became pregnant with his child only a few months into the affair. On January 28, 1981, his son Christopher Jarrett Gardner Jr. was born. Gardner left the military and worked as a research lab assistant at UCSF and the Veterans’ Hospital.
Chris Gardner Net Worth
Chris Gardner has an estimated net worth range between $50 million and $70 million.