How much is Tyler Perry worth? Perry is worth $350 million, as of September 2010 estimates, but his net worth has surely grown since then. Between May 2010 and May 2011, Perry earned $130 million—income that landed the writer, director, and director atop Forbes’ list of “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Males.” In 2012, Forbes had Perry—the man behind such films as Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Why Did I Get Married?, Meet the Browns, and Madea’s Big Happy Family—at no. 20 on its “Celebrity 100” list. The 42-year-old ranked 6th in money on said inventory, having earned $105 million as of May 2012.
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He’s written plays and TV shows, but Perry’s fortune stems mostly from his movies. As CelebrityNetWorth.com reports, he’s the only director of the last five years to have five movies open at no. 1. Not even Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, or James Cameron can claim such an achievement, and together, his first eight features grossed in excess of $418 million. What’s more, each cost less than $10 million to make, so Perry is raking in the profits like no other director in the game.
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In 2012, Perry came in a no. 10 on Forbes’ list of the “Wealthiest Black Americans,” according to the Richest.org, and while he’s a long way from the chart-topping Oprah Winfrey, who’s sitting on $2.7 billion, he’s holding his own. After Oprah came Sean “Diddy” Combs and BET founder Robert Johnson (both $550 million), Tiger Woods ($500 million), Michael Jordan, and Magic Johnson (all $500 million); Jay-Z ($460 million); Bill Cosby ($450 million); and BET co-sounder Shelia Johnson ($400 million). Perry only seems poised to get richer, and in 2012, he released Good Deeds, Madea’s Witness Protection, and Alex Cross. In 2013, he’ll release The Marriage Counselor, which is due to feature Brandy, Kim Kardashian, and Vanessa Williams, among others. While some film critics and social commentators, among them Spike Lee, have charged Perry with playing on crude black stereotypes and pandering to a lowest-common-denominator audience—particularly with his character Madea, who he plays dressed in drag—he’s not sweating it.
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“We don’t have to worry about anybody else trying to destroy us and take shots because we do it to ourselves,” he said in 2011, according to the Wall Street Journal. And they go on to say that people of other ethnic groups or white people don’t go see my movies, and that’s all a lie. I’m standing on stage looking at thousands of people, thousands of faces, with every race represented, and I’m tired of it. I’m tired of just laying down, tired of just being nice and letting them say whatever they want to say however they want to say it without people knowing what the intent really is.”