Information and facts you need to know about Chris Gardner

Birth Name:  Christopher Paul Gardner

Nick name: Chris Gardner

Date of birth: 9 February, 1954

Birth Place: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

Occupation: Businessman, Investor, Stockbroker, Author, Philanthropist

Nationality: American

Race/Ethnicity: Black

Religion: Unknown

Hair color: Bald

Eye color: Black

Sexual Orientation: Straight

Chinese Zodiac: Horse

Birth Element: Wood

Father:  Thomas Turner

Mother: Bettye Jean Triplett

Spouse/Wife: Sherry Dyson (m. 1977-1986)

Children: Christopher Jarrett Medina Gardner, Jacintha Darlene Gardner

Siblings: Kimberly Triplett, Sharon Triplett, Ophelia


Chris Gardner was born on February 9, 1954, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. His parents are Bettye (Gardner) Triplett and Thomas Turner. He also has two half-siblings, Kimberly and Sharon Triplett. He has one older step sister as well, Ophelia. Chris was raised by his stepfather, Freddie Triplett.


Chris Gardner joined the Navy after finishing high school. He served in the Navy for four years. While here, he wanted to become a doctor.  When was out of the Navy in 1974, Gardner quit the Navy to do just that. He started working at the University of California Medical Center and Veterans Administration Hospital in 1974. He worked there for two years before he was promoted. However, even with the promotion, he was not earning sufficient money to support his family. He then left the medical career track to sell medical equipment instead.

While selling medical equipment, Chris Gardner came across a rich-looking man, Bob Bridges. He learned the man was a stockbroker, and then he became determined to do the same thing. Next what he did was he applied to be a trainee with several stockbroking companies before he was picked up by Dean Witter Reynolds group. 

Since he was just a trainee, he did not get pay for the work he did. He sold medical equipment at the same time. However, all of this was still not enough to take care of all of his expenses. During much of this time, Gardner was homeless. It wasn’t until 1982 that he was hired as a paid employee.

Then Chris Gardner began working with Bear Stearns & Company in the early 1980s. However, he began his own company, Gardner Rich & Co. in 1987. The company was highly successful. Decades after the company was started, Gardner sold his company for a large profit in 2006.


In the year 2006, Chris Gardner wrote a memoir about his struggles as a homeless man. The memoir was called the Pursuit of Happiness. Later that same year, a movie was written and produced based on his memoir. It had the same title. In this film, Will Smith played the role of Chris Gardner.

He also wrote one more book named as Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. This book is less of a memoir and more of a how-to guide. Growing up without much, in this book, Gardner explains how a person can accomplish anything if they work with what they have instead of focusing on what they don’t have.

Family Life

He was first married to Sherry Dyson in 1977. While still married to Dyson, Chris Gardner began to have an affair with a woman named Jackie. She became pregnant with Gardner’s child. Later, Dyson and Gardner divorced. With Jackie, Gardner had two children, Christopher and Jacintha. Jackie and Gardner later broke up.

Philanthropic Work

Since becoming rich from his career as a stockbroker and his best-selling book, Chris Gardner has donated money to great causes. Few of the charity projects he is a part of are listed below.

  • Glide Memorial United Methodist Church

  • National Fatherhood Initiative

  • Cara Program