'Ownership Changes Everything' Tyler Perry Opens Up About Hitting Billionaire Status
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'Ownership Changes Everything' Tyler Perry Opens Up About Hitting Billionaire Status

Tyler Perry just hit billionaire status!

Forbes estimates that with his mega-production studio in Georgia, plus his homes, and planes, Perry has earned more than $1.4 billion (pretax) since 2005. A true self-made visionary, the “Madea” franchise creator is responsible for around 1,200 television episodes, 22 feature films and about two dozen stage plays.

Perry — who has had a humble start — is an inspiration to many as he went from being homeless to one of this generation’s most successful filmmakers.

“I love when people say you come from ‘humble beginnings.’ [It] means you were poor as hell,” Perry said, according to Forbes. “Ownership,” he adds, “changes everything.”

A firm believer in lifting others as he continues to climb, Perry constantly finds a way to give back whether it’s through his random acts of kindness or his support of various civil rights causes.

The “House of Payne” creator recently made headlines after resuming production at his studios earlier this summer. He’s created a coronavirus “bubble” that allows everyone to live on-site, receive extensive COVID-19 testing, and practice other safety measures.

His 330-acre facility sits in Georgia on a portion of the former Fort McPherson U.S. Army base and while it’s home to a lot of his own productions, other blockbusters such as “Bad Boys For Life” and “First Man” was filmed in the soundstages. According to Shadow and Act, the iconic film, “Black Panther” was the first movie to ever be filmed at Tyler Perry Studios.

Just this week, he hosted the historic VERZUZ battle between R&B royalty, Monica, and Brandy.

What an inspiration! Congrats to Tyler Perry on his remarkable journey to billionaire status.