Entrepreneur, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist who was homeless in the early 1980s.
He had dreams of becoming a doctor, which he abandoned at the age of 26.
He recounted his journey from homelessness to financial success in his memoir The Pursuit of Happyness, which was published in May 2006.
He fathered one son with ex-wife Sherry Dyson.
He was portrayed by Will Smith in the 2006 film adaptation of his novel.