Chris Gardner | Kidadl

Chris Gardner

Birthday, Height, Age, Net Worth, Biography & Facts

Arts & Crafts
Learn more
Reading & Writing
Learn more
Math & Logic
Learn more
Sports & Active
Learn more
Music & Dance
Learn more
Social & Community
Learn more
Mindful & Reflective
Learn more
Outdoor & Nature
Learn more
Read these Tokyo facts to learn all about the Japanese capital.

Chris Gardner Birthday Highlights

Birth Name
Christopher Paul Gardner
Place Of Birth
Wisconsin, USA
68 years old
Birth Date
February 9 1954

Chris Gardner Facts

Child Star?
Businessman, Motivational Speaker
Education & Qualifications
Net Worth
Current Partner
Jackie Medina
Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner, Jacintha Darlene Gardner
Thomas Turner, Bettye Jean Gardner
Ophelia, Kimberly Triplett, Sharon Triplett

About Chris Gardner

Born as an Aquarius, Christopher Gardner is a motivational speaker, investor, and businessman.
Christopher Paul Gardner was born to Thomas Turner and Bettye Jean Gardner. He has three sisters, Ophelia who is older than him, and two other younger sisters: Kimberly Triplett and Sharon Triplett.
When his daughter graduated from Hampton University in 2008, he was the key speaker at their ceremony.

Chris Gardner Net Worth, Earnings & Spending Habits

What is Chris Gardner's net worth?

The net worth of the American entrepreneur is $70,000,000.

How much does Chris Gardner earn per year?

The annual income of Chris Gardner is unknown.

Height, Age & Physical Attributes

How tall is Chris Gardner?

Chris Gardner is 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) in height.

How old is Chris Gardner?

Born on February 9, 1954, Chris Gardner's age is now 68 years.

Childhood And Education

Christopher Gardner was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and did not have a good early life. He grew up along with his three stepsisters. He used to live with their mother and stepfather.
His stepfather Freddie Triplett, was a very abusive man and was the reason for her mother's conviction as he accused her of welfare fraud.
Christopher Gardner, along with his stepsisters, was sent to a foster home as things became violent between his parents. At this point, he was a confused youth with no father figure and burdened with a severe economic crisis.
When Chris Gardner was in school, he came in contact with his maternal uncles and was particularly fond of Henry, who was in the navy. He looked towards him as a father figure and enlisted in the Navy and was allotted the position of hospital corpsman.
For four years Chris Gardner worked in the hospital and at this time he met Dr. Robert Ellis a renowned surgeon from San Francisco. He assisted the doctor in many of his clinical researches and was also credited with co-authorship of several articles.

Family, Romance, And Relationships

Who is Chris Gardner’s partner?

Chris Gardner first married Sherry Dyson in 1977 and divorced her in 1986.
Chris Gardner and Sherry got divorced because had an affair with Jackie Medina with whom he had two kids.

Career And Professional Highlights

Though he was already efficiently running his laboratory, Chris Garner decided to make a career change to sales, as pursuing medicine would take many years for him to settle down. This change in decision, along with his affair, cost him his marriage.
The story of Chris Gardner took a different turn when he first accidentally got acquainted with Bob Bridges, who introduced him to the world of Wall Street.
Chris Gardner decided to quit his job as a medical equipment salesman and jumped into the world of stock brokerage. Initially, it was not easy for him, though Bridges introduced him to many brokerage firms that offered training programs Gardener was mostly rejected.
In 1982, success came as Gardner was appointed as an intern in Dean Witter Reynolds's training program and later passed the test to become a stockbroker. But due to unfortunate circumstances, the authorities found out that he had not paid parking fine bills of around $1,200 and was put behind bars for 10 days.
With sheer hard work and patience, he was able to battle poverty and amassed a capital of $10,000 in 198,7 starting his company Gardner Rich & Co. in his apartment in Chicago.
The company blossomed into a million-dollar business and in 2006 Gardener sold his share for quite a huge sum adding to his net worth and finding Christopher Gardener International Holdings. He became the CEO of this new company which has offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and in different parts of the USA.

Best Known For…

In 2006, Gabrielle Muccino made a wonderful film with an IMDb rating of 8.0 'The Pursuit of Happyness.' The film was adapted from the autobiography of Chris Gardner with the same name and the role of Gardner was played by the renowned actor Will Smith while the portrayal of his son was interestingly done by Will Smith's son Jaden Smith.
Not only did the movie make Chris Gardner a celebrity, but the movie was a box office success. Will Smith was also nominated for best actor in the lead role at the Academy Awards in 2007.
Interestingly Gardner was not present when the movie was premiered, instead choose to be in Kenosha, Wisconsin as a speaker at a Christmas Event organized by JHT Holdings.

Charity Work

In his personal life, Gardner went through extreme hardships at the beginning of his career and after being able to live the American Dream it is not surprising that he wanted to provide for the ones who needed help.
When Gardner was homeless with his son, the Glide Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco sheltered them. He donated a massive sum to them as a gesture of gratitude as they were the ones who came to his rescue in tough times.
Gardner has sponsored a sum of $50,000,000 in a San Francisco project which creates housing for low-income and employment opportunities in and around the area where he used to live as a homeless person.
The Chris Gardner Foundation sponsors the Back 2 School Program, where Gardner helps people to realize and set goals in life by mentoring them.

What awards has Chris Gardner won?

The Pursuit Of Happyness helped Chris Gardener to win the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in a Biography/Autobiography.
In 2002 Chris Gardner won the Father of the Year Award from the National Fatherhood Initiative.
In 2006 Gardener was honored with the Friends of Africa Award from the Continental Africa Chamber of Commerce for his great humanitarian help to this nation.
Chris Gardener also won the 25th Annual Humanitarian Award from LA Commission.

Chris Gardner’s Hobbies And Interests

Gardner is a massively sought-after motivational speaker around the world with reports having mentioned a whopping fee from $30,000 to $50,000 for a single appearance adding more to his net worth. He travels around the world for 200 days giving speeches and motivating people. Reports show that he had traveled to more than 50 countries and some of his famous quotes include: 'don't ever let someone tell you, you can't do something', and 'always, always pursue happiness'.
Apart from being a motivational speaker, he has authored a few books namely 'Permission to Dream' (2021), and 'Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be' (2009).

Other Interesting Chris Gardner Facts And Trivia

  • When Chris Gardner was an intern at Dean Witter Reynolds brokerage farm he was homeless with his son. He did not have enough money to rent an apartment and Jackie left him. At this time he along with his son used to move from one place to another eating in soup kitchens and sleeping sometimes in public bathrooms or under his office desk or parks.
  • In the final scene of the movie 'The Pursuit,' the original Chris Gardner made an appearance walking past the actor Will and Jaden.
  • Gardner cracked the 7 Series exam on his first try and was later recruited by Bear Stearns & Company. This firm is now a part of JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Written By
Kidadl Team

The Kidadl Team is made up of people from different walks of life, from different families and backgrounds, each with unique experiences and nuggets of wisdom to share with you. From lino cutting to surfing to children’s mental health, their hobbies and interests range far and wide. They are passionate about turning your everyday moments into memories and bringing you inspiring ideas to have fun with your family.

Read The Disclaimer

Was this article helpful?