Tyler Perry is one of the most famous and richest actors in the entertainment industry. He’s well known for his acting, writing, and directing in his own movies and also for making award-winning books.
He has also managed to create a multi-million dollar entertainment empire with the creation of his own film studio which is “Tyler Perry Studios” where films and tv shows like Black Panther and AMC’s The Walking Dead were filmed.
Due to how much his success has amounted and all the money he has made in his career, Forbes has called him out as one of the highest-paid entertainers by making $130 million in mid-2010 which makes it unsurprising what his current net worth is right now.
If you want to know more about this successful actor, then read on. We’ll talk about his career, upbringing, notable works, personal life, and many more.
Tyler Perry was born in Sept. 13, 1969. Her birthplace is in New Orleans, Louisiana. Meanwhile, her full real name is Emmitt Perry Jr.
He had three siblings and was raised by a churchgoing mother and an abusive father who used to beat Tyler up as a response to everything.
By the age of 16, he then changed his first name to Tyler as a way to distance himself from his father.
His education didn’t go that far as he didn’t manage to graduate in high school but was still able to earn a GED so he can take a few undesirable jobs before he managed to get into his professional career.
Facing with Abuse and Trauma
Tyler had a difficult childhood when he was growing up. This was all due to his father abusing him by beating him up constantly. The beatings had gotten so bad that he almost tried to commit suicide at the age of 16.
His only way of refuge from all of it was through his mother as she took him to church every week which made it a place where he can be at peace.
After watching the movie Precious in 2009, he also admitted that he was also molested on multiple occasions by four different people.
Due to all of this trauma, he sought out writing as a therapeutic way of coping up with all that happened. This also managed to inspire him on going to this type of career path.
Early Career in Stage Play
When Tyler saw the Oprah Winfrey show in 1986 which talked about therapeutic writing. It managed to spark up his career due to how frequent he was to write letters as a way to live with all the abuse.
Those letters that he wrote became the basis for his hit musical “I Know I’ve Changed” which had themes about dignity, forgiveness, and self-worth. It also managed to talk about dysfunctional families and child-abuse.
This later became a huge hit as Perry managed to sell more than $300 million in tickets and $30 million worth of videos and merchandise. Due to his success in the musical, he then progressed with other types of media as well.
Tyler Perry’s Success in the Film Industry
With the money he earned with his stage play, he managed to raise $5.5 million to fund his first movie “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” where he managed to make $50.6 million out of it even with the low critical reception.
He then directed his first movie “Madea’s Family Reunion” in 2006 which managed to gross $65 million in international sales. This then later turned into a series of films that also managed to create a huge amount of profit for Perry.
Tyler also started his own sitcom “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” which became a huge hit and managed to run for eight seasons.
Most of his shows have been catered for an African American Audience with a few subtle hints of Catholicism mixed in it.
He’s also accredited to some roles in movies like Star Trek (2009), Alex Cross(2012), Gone Girl (2014), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle: Out Of The Shadows (2016).
The Success of Tyler Perry Studios
In 2006, Tyler Perry founded his own film production studio “Tyler Perry Studios” which is 330-acres wide land located in Atlanta.
The total cost of the studio is at a whopping $250 million dollars and it’s been used to shoot certain popular movies and tv shows and most of Tyler Perry’s movies.
Tyler also released a book back in 2006 named “Don’t Make a Black Woman.” This book managed to sell off 30,000 copies and then became New York’s Best Seller List for a few weeks.
It also managed to win Book of the Year and Best in Humor in the New York Quill Awards.
How much are Tyler Perry’s net worth and salary?
Tyler Perry was called the “highest-paid man in the entertainment industry” by Forbes in 2011 as he managed to make $130 million from 2010 to 2011.
In 2018, he had a net worth of over $600 million through his business ventures and multiple movie careers. His Salary is also estimated to be $70 million.
Controversy with the Writers Guild of America
The controversy sparked when Tyler Perry fired four writers who were attempting to get a union contract.
This made the Writers Guild of America file unfair labor practices charges to Perry due to the sudden event. Though the dispute ended a month later as Perry agreed to the WGA’s demands.
Is Tyler Perry married?
Tyler Perry isn’t married, though he currently has a girlfriend named Gelila Bekele, a model that was originally born in Ethiopia.
By 2014, they had a child together named Aman. There’s not much known about his child though as he still wants to keep him away in the limelight while growing up.
Tyler is one of the most influential and inspirational people in the entertainment industry due to his rags to riches story where even though you’re having a hard time during dark times, you can still achieve success if you strive for it.