Tyler Perry has come a long way since using his life savings of $12,000 to finance his first stage play. Nearly 20 years and a lot of critics later, he has been named the highest paid man in entertainment by Forbes.
According to the Forbes magazine’s website, Tyler has earned $130 million dollars between May 2010 and May 2011, which includes him creating and/or starring in five movies and two television series. Since 2009, he has helped bring successful films such as Precious, Why Did I Get Married, Too, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, and Madea’s Big Happy Family, to the big screen. All of these movies have helped him in surpassing other industry professionals like producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who follows at #2 and Steven Spielberg, who closes out the top three.
Perry is currently in Cleveland filming for the lead role in I, Alex Cross, the remake of the franchise based on the bestselling novels by James Patterson.
Props to Necole Bitchie.