Separated from his wife Sherry Dyson in 1980, but they did not legally divorce until 1990.
Briefly spent time homeless with his son. Portrayed by Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006).
Grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his mother, Bettye Jean Gardner. His father, Thomas Turner, was frequently absent.
Has an estimated net worth of 165 million dollars.
Has two children: Christopher Jarret Medina Gardner (b. January 28, 1981) and Jacintha Darlene Gardner (b. October 5, 1985). Both were born with Gardner's longtime girlfriend Jacqueline Medina. Christopher was born while they were living in San Francisco in 1981, and Jacintha in Los Angeles after they reconciled in 1985.