For the many that discredit the quality of Tyler Perry‘s work, it is hard to dispute the impact he has had on the entertainment industry. According to a new Forbes.com rank, Perry is on top as the highest paid man in Hollywood, bringing in $130 million in the last year alone.
Perry, who owns his own film and TV studio in Atlanta, beat out heavyweights including Jerry Bruckheimer, Steven Spielberg and Elton John.
Since his 2005 breakout film Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Perry has consistently churned out productions that have brought in big dollar signs. Perry has also collected revenue from his stage plays and television series that air on TBS. It has also been reported that Lionsgate is looking to team up with Perry to create his own network. CEO Jon Feltheimer said, “Tyler is one of those rare resources that one could launch a channel with. We have a lot of options if we choose to go down that path.”
Not too bad for a guy who used to be homeless!