“I don’t want to leave this planet until I achieve everything that I was put here to do” – Tyler Perry. Remarkable Actor, Director, Playwright, and Author, Tyler Perry went through extreme troubles as a child. He is now one of the most successful people in the world on whichever field he steps on. He doesn’t know how to give up.
In 2011, he became the highest-paid man in the entertainment industry, leaving behind the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio. His books have topped the New York Times Bestseller List. His huge net worth leaves him with the only option of buying extraordinarily huge mansions.
Date of Birth
September 13, 1969
50 years old
New Orleans, Louisiana
Actor, Filmmaker, Playwright, Author, Comedian
In a relationship (Geilia Bekele)
Emmitt Perry, Sr.
Willie Maxine Perry
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Tyler Perry Early Life
Tyler Perry was born on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana. His birth name was Emmitt Perry Jr. He has two elder sisters and one younger brother. His mother was religious and went to church every week, taking Perry with her. His father was a carpenter. He had a problematic childhood as his father beat him a lot. As a result, he suffered a lot from depression.
To get away from his father’s beating, he once even attempted suicide. He also went so far as to change his name from Emmitt to Tyler officially at the age of sixteen, to distance himself from his father.
He did not complete his education from high school. Instead, he earned a GED (General Education Development) certificate. It contains tests of four subjects which when passed assures that you have attained US or Canadian high school-level academic skills.
Tyler Perry Career
He became inspired after watching The Oprah Winfrey Show. There, he got a chance to know about the therapeutic effect of writing on a person. Someone on the show had mentioned that writing could enable a person to work out their problems and give them a sense of relief. This led him to start a career in journalism.
It became his favorite hobby. He wrote the 2006 best selling book, ‘Don’t Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings.’ It won two Quill Awards. They are ‘Book of the Year’ and ‘Best Humor Book.’ He published his second book, ‘Higher is Waiting‘ on November 14, 2017, which debuted at number 5 on the New York Times Bestseller list.
He started writing different letters to himself. These letters later became the basis for the musical ‘I Know I’ve Been Changed.’ In 1990, he moved to Atlanta. After two years, I Know I’ve Been Changed was performed at a community theater.
Tyler had expected it to be a hit, but it was a critical as well as a financial failure. But, he did not give up his hope. At the age of 28, he again performed the play in Atlanta’s House of Blue Theatre and at the Fox Theatre. It became prevalent.
By 2005, it had sold more than $100 million in tickets, $30 million in videos and $20 million in merchandise. He signed with Lions Gate Entertainment Company which distributes his movies. However, he holds full copyright under the name ‘Very Perry Films.’
Movies & TV Shows
Perry produced his first movie ‘Diary of a Mad Black Woman,’ a romantic comedy-drama in 2005 with Reuben Cannon. The film successfully grossed $50 million, but critics did not like the movie. After that, he has been involved in several movie projects like ‘Meet the Browns,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Good Deeds,’ ‘Vice,’ etc.
In 2007, he created the sitcom ‘Tyler Perry’s House of Payne’, which he has written, directed, produced and played as the character of ‘Madea.’ His other TV shows include Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns, Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse, Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, etc.
Tyler Perry Net worth
In 2011, Forbes named ‘Tyler Perry‘ as the highest-paid man in entertainment when he earned $130 million. In December 2013, he was the only filmmaker who was successful in having five movies open at number one in the box office in five years. His low-budget film has garnered over $600 million at the box office.
Tyler Perry’s estimated net worth as of 2019 is $600 million.
Perry writes, directs as well as produces most of his movies, thus, keeping maximum profits to himself. Starring in the hit 2014 movie ‘Gone Girl,’ he made $15 million from that movie. Additionally, he has earned over $200 million from his TV shows. With all the successful TV shows and involvement in the film, he has an estimated net worth of $600 million as of 2019.
Houses, Properties, and Cars
Well, Perry does not hold back while buying homes. He owns a 25,000 square foot custom-built mansion in Los Angeles. In Atlanta, he owns Tyler Perry Studios and “Avec Chateau,” an almost 17000 square foot custom-built mansion. In French, “Avec Chateau” means “with the home.”
In 2010, Perry bought Dean Gardens for $7.6 million. Its owner was Larry Dean. The house spreads over 32,000 sq. Feet, has 15 bedrooms, 18-hole golf course, and a wedding chapel. In the bathroom, there is a 24 karat gold sink. In 2016, he sold one of his Atlanta area mega-mansions. It set the record as the most expensive house ever sold in Atlanta for $17.5 million.
The next year, he bought another expensive 17000 sq. Foot mansion for $14.5 million. Alfred E.Mann owned it. Besides, he intends to buy a 475 acre former Army base in Atlanta for $75 million to build a movie studio as well as an office building.
His properties have the following monetary values:-
White Bay Cay Island (private island)- $350 million
Los Angeles mansion – $13.75 million
Avec Chateau – $10.7 million
Dean Gardens – $7.6 million
Also, he owns a Gulfstream private Jet worth $65 million which contains various luxurious features like Satellite TV, Bluray Players, 42 inches HD LCD screen, etc. Furthermore, he owns multiple luxury brand cars like Rolls-Royce, Bentley, and a Range Rover.
Perry’s sexual orientation has long been a question among fans. Some say that he is gay due to his certain mannerisms and dressing as a black woman character Madea. Others refer to the fact that he is nearly 50 years old and still not married. He has dated very few women. He was linked with Tasha Smith as well as Tyra Banks; the latter is the rumor.
Perry has been in a relationship with Gelila Bekele since 2009. They have not married. However, on November 30, 2014, the couple welcomed their son, Aman Tyler Perry.