Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is an Entrepreneur, Author, Philanthropist, and single parent whose work has been recognized by many esteemed organization.

Gardner is the author of the 2006 autobiography, The Pursuit of Happyness, a New York Times and Washington Post #1 bestseller that has been translated into over forty languages. Gardner is also the inspiration for the acclaimed movie “The Pursuit of Happyness” for which Will Smith, starring as Gardner, received Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance. Gardner’s second bestselling book, Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be, was published in May 2009.

In the fall of 2010, Gardner was named the Ambassador of Pursuit and Happyness for AARP, which has nearly 40 million members worldwide.

Always hard working and tenacious, a series of adverse circumstances in the early 1980’s left Gardner homeless in San Francisco and the sole guardian of his toddler son. Unwilling to give up Chris Jr. or his dreams of success, Gardner climbed the financial industry ladder from the very bottom. He worked at Dean Witter Reynolds and Bear Stearns & Co before founding the brokerage firm Gardner Rich in Chicago in 1987.

Chris Gardner’s aim, through his speaking engagements and media projects, is to help others achieve their full potential. He is a passionate philanthropist committed to organizations combating violence against women, homelessness, financial illiteracy and providing access to medical care and treatment; issues of the utmost importance to Gardner.

He lives in Chicago.

The Pursuit of Happyness and the American Dream

Overcoming Obstacles and Breaking Cycles

Quitting is not an option when it comes to pursing your dreams and creating the happiness that you deserve.  You must tap into your conscience imagination to see your life with the eyes of your soul.  Begin to dream and dare to see yourself where want to be.  You are the driver to the end destination of your life.  Start Where You are-See Life, create a blueprint and do things that  you have never done before.  Listen to your guiding spirit and dream big.  This is Christopher Gardner inspiring you to dream big!


“A book that teaches you how to transform the impossible into the possible.” – Sidney Poitier

Start Where You Are is a must-have, must-read guide to pursuing happiness in changing times. It’s not just about surviving as an individual or business in the current economic environment, but about thriving – personally, collectively, and globally.” – Quincy Jones

Start Where You Are represents the next phase in Gardner’s career, offering hope and sound advice in this tough economic climate … Transformative and inspirational.” – Bookpage

“When we read Chris Gardner’s book and saw the movie, ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, with Will Smith, we should have known that he could do it again – to come from homelessness, a single, struggling father, to becoming a millionaire on Wall Street is no small feat. Now, with his new book, Start Where You Are, he is encouraging us all to start where we are and to dare to make our lives bigger and stronger, more satisfactory, and better. Chris Gardner is a knockout!” – Maya Angelou

The Pursuit of Happyness is an inspiring story of how an incredibly determined man made it to the big-time boardroom, and stayed there. It serves as a tremendous lesson in tenacity. It’s a great story.” – Donald Trump


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