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'The Pursuit of Happyness': Chris Gardner on success, fatherhood

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06/15/2011

International best-selling author, successful entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Chris Gardner, sat down with Val to talk about his success and being a single father.

With Father's Day just a few days away, Gardner's two children Chris Jr. and Jacintha joined him in studio to talk about the best advice they received from their father.

About Chris Gardner

Chris Gardner is the owner and CEO of brokerage firm Gardner Rich LLC with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco. Enduring poverty, abuse and family alcoholism as a child, and a period of homelessness in his late twenties while raising his infant son as a single father, Gardner's hard work and tenacity helped him become a successful entrepreneur.

Gardner is the international bestselling author of the 2006 autobiography "The Pursuit of Happyness" upon which the film starring Will Smith was based and the 2009 book "Start Where You Are: Life Lessons in Getting from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be."

Gardner is AARP's Ambassador of Pursuit and Happyness, and an aspirational speaker addressing the keys to overcoming obstacles and breaking cycles. His aim, through all of his projects, is to help others discover their passion and achieve their full potential. He is philanthropist committed to organizations combating violence against women, homelessness, and financial illiteracy.

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