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Chris Gardner is an American entrepreneur, investor, philanthropist, author and a motivational speaker. His story has inspired millions and the movie ‘The Pursuit of Happyness’, a biopic, is made on his personal life story.
Chris Gardner was close to his mother but was deprived of her love as she was sent to imprisonment on false claims of mistreating him and his siblings.
He struggled for food and shelter in the beginning of his career and was making only $8,000 per annum as a lab technician. He did not have sufficient food to eat.
One day, he saw a man in a red suit getting down from a Ferrari and wondered how he earned that much wealth. He got inspired by this Richie rich after learning that he is into stock investment and trading.
In the urge to make more money, Chris Gardner started a brokerage firm in 1987 called Gardner Rich & Co. in Chicago.
He invested a small capital of $10,000 and had just one piece of furniture in his office.
He worked from early morning till late night without breaks to get leads in his business.
As fate would have it, he stuck a multimillion dollar deal in 2006.
He met Nelson Mandela in Africa and discussed his business proposal of opening new ventures in Africa.
He wrote his biography and released it in 2002.
It is titled ‘The Pursuit of the Happyness’ which was made into a famous movie and his character was played by the famous Will Smith.