From homeless to millionaire. Gardener’s childhood was marked by poverty, domestic violence, alcoholism, family illiteracy and sex abuse. Before his story was shared with the world, he was living on the streets with his young son. At that time he was trying to pursue a career in finance despite not having any experience. Today he is the CEO of Gardner Rich LLC and a motivational speaker. Gardner also has two New York Times bestselling books under his name. His autobiography The Pursuit of Happyness based on his life also had a movie starring Will Smith. Gardner has an estimated net worth of $60 million.