Tyler Perry makes exclusive Forbes list of billionaire

Tyler Perry has become one of a few Hollywood stars to break the billionaire ceiling.

According to Forbes, Perry, 51, has made $1.4 billion in pretax income since 2005. He’s worth $1 billion right now.

His wealth is being credited to the fact that he fully owns all of his creations on television, in theaters and on the stage.

He also opened his own studio in Atlanta.

A large amount of Perry’s wealth, a whopping $300 million, comes from investments and cash, with $60 million coming from BET, $280 million from his studio and $40 million from his homes and other personal assets. Most of his wealth comes from his film and television rights — $320 million.

Only a handful of other celebrities have crossed the $1 billion threshold including Kanye West, JAY-Z, Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas, Entertainment Tonight reported.

But Perry doesn’t keep all of his immense fortune for himself. He is also a philanthropist who works through his charitable foundation, The Perry Foundation, to help those who need it most. He will be recognized for his efforts with a special Emmy that will be awarded later this month, according to Entertainment Tonight. He credits his mother, Willie Maxine Perry, as the inspiration for helping people.

He also knows the plight of people who are having financial troubles. Decades before becoming a billionaire, Perry was a homeless playwright living out of his car in Atlanta as he worked on his first play, “I Know I’ve Been Changed,” Forbes reported. The play was about child abuse survivors. Perry not only wrote the show, he also did the set design, made programs, hung lights and manned the snack bar during intermission.

“I realize that people aren’t out there struggling because they want to. There are people that just need a hand up and a little bit of motivation can take them a long way,” he said last month, according to Entertainment Tonight. “I’ll never forget being in the grocery store, in Winn-Dixie in Atlanta, trying to pay for some food and couldn’t pay for it. I was at Kroger. I couldn’t pay for it. There was a woman behind me who gave me the money to get the food that I needed. Never knew her again. But that little act of kindness made me feel like I could go on.”

 

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