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Forbes: Tyler Perry top-paid man in entertainment; Elton John fourth

Tyler Perry. CREDIT: AP

Tyler Perry. CREDIT: AP

Atlanta media mogul Tyler Perry is wealthy and successful. We all know that.

Forbes just quantified it, estimating his income from May 2010 to May 2011 as $130 million, more than any other man in entertainment.

That’s more than Simon Cowell (ranked No. 5), more than Brad Pitt, more than Leonardo DiCaprio, the only other actor in the top 10 Forbes compiled.

Forbes credited Perry’s five films he has made the past two years and two TV series. He is also starring in author James Patterson’s “I, Alex Cross” as detective Alex Cross.

Part-time Atlantan Elton John also made the list, generating $100 million in that time period and ranking No. 4, thanks to a worldwide tour.

In between are producers Jerry Bruckheimer at No. 2 and Steven Spielberg at No. 3. Dr. Phil is at No. 7.

See the entire list here.

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Ok then

September 13th, 2011
10:21 am

That’s amazing. Cant say I love his movies, but to make more than all those other people is impressive.

itamazesme

September 13th, 2011
10:24 am

nita

September 13th, 2011
10:24 am

Way to go Tyler. Thanks for remembering ” to whom much is given, much is required”. Thanks for giving back. Helping the elderly lady raising her grand kids in Newnan was truly heartwarming. As long as you continue to acknowledge God, he will continue to bless you so that you will be able to bless others. Your mother is smiling down and thanking God for our blessings.

Not a fan

September 13th, 2011
10:24 am

Congrats to him. His movies and tv shows filled a niche in the market that was otherwise unfilled. Capitalism at its best! I don’t particularly care for his movies or tv shows but, nonetheless, congrats to him.

Hello Kitty

September 13th, 2011
10:25 am

Well, it just proves that loads of crap sells. He gets his money through sheer volume, not quality.

Joe

September 13th, 2011
10:25 am

I’d like to know how, considering everything he makes is low grade garbage. Only in America.

bernard davis

September 13th, 2011
10:31 am

Is Perry a man???

JB

September 13th, 2011
10:31 am

At 10 movies per year thats only 13 million per movie. 13 million/movie = crap

blkshepherd

September 13th, 2011
10:36 am

bernard davis: Are you a Man???

@JB

September 13th, 2011
10:37 am

@JB you’re an idiot. The article clearly reads 5 movies and 2 sitcoms, but even if it was 13 Mil x 10 he would still be the top dog in entertainment… not Hollywood, but ENTERTAINMENT. That means he makes more moula than your favorite actor, singer, dancer, reality tv star, or director.. Quit hating

blkshepherd

September 13th, 2011
10:38 am

Joe

A Bunch of JEALOUS azzes on here I see. If its Garbage..hes getting Paid. How much do you make? Yeah thats what I thought, broke azz.

JB can't read

September 13th, 2011
10:38 am

The atricle says he made 5 movies in 2 years….not 10 in 1 year. Try your math again JB.

c2it

September 13th, 2011
10:39 am

Congrautlations Mr Perry **** so well deserved **** Ive notice old hollywood is copying you’real life’ people/family formula for movies!

Even the haters here on the blog still dont get what walking/thinking in order does for one’s life position. Your movies are not only entertaining but promotes a life message so all walk away with benefits untold!

sitting on the beach in daytona beach florida

September 13th, 2011
10:39 am

@hello kitty,joe and jb….there will be haters but, Tyler has made his haters his motivaters and I know you wish it was you who had
the millions!!! Now take that bull sh:).t to the bank. Don’t hate!!

Maryssanderson

September 13th, 2011
10:40 am

Tyler Perry is a “GIANT among giants” and one of God’s children!
He is a huge entertainer as well as has a huge heart for less fortunate.
He is an inspiration for me and many others. God please continue to
bless him. ms

hoho

September 13th, 2011
10:41 am

“Tyler Perry top-paid man in entertainment”

I know it’s not in the Bible, but isn’t that one of the updated signs of the apocalypse?

JB

September 13th, 2011
10:43 am

5 movies per year still equals crap/movie. Sorry crap is crap

Congrats TP

September 13th, 2011
10:46 am

Tyler Perry movies and sitcoms are like McDonalds food. You’ve had better(movies/burgers), you know they’re not good for you if overly consumed, and at times you hate the site of it. But somehow you’ve found yourself buying some a few times a year becuase they’re consistent and always convenient. I have not met a child to date who doesn’t like happy meals or Madea movies.. LOL . And for that I say congrats Mr. Perry for everything you’ve overcome and your business smarts to outwork and outperform so many who problaby thought they were better than you at some point in time. There’s a market for everyone and you serve a market that many look over, and brought your audience feel good entertainment with a message.. I personally would like to see you play more masculine roles, but it looks like you’re beating me to the punch with your new role… Now ride through buckhead in your drop top Rolls Royce and show them wf who’s running ENTERTAINMENT.. you’ve be a billionaire soon

Pandora

September 13th, 2011
10:47 am

Look At God! Mr. Perry honors God first in ALL things….that is why he is so successful in man’s stand point! Honor God first and everything else will follow! :) I love Tyler Perry. I always have….on the outside of him being a homeboy’ from New Orleans! God Bless You Tyler!!! :)

Gman

September 13th, 2011
10:47 am

Starting with Hello Kitty. Wow the negative comments are amazing. Crap? Perhaps to some. Wamart is Crap to some yet it is the largest and most profitable retailer in the world. Tone it down just a bit please. There room for Tyler.

MS KP

September 13th, 2011
10:48 am

Bernard Davis ask your daddy if he is a man or better yet ask him if he is really your daddy.

Big C

September 13th, 2011
10:49 am

Love it!!! What can you say about a man that came from nothing, and worked his a– off to become top-paid! Incredible. All you keyboard, computer, facebook thug/haters, take a seat!

Lynn

September 13th, 2011
10:49 am

Great job Tyler. Don’t worry about these haters out here. Keep your head up and keep it moving..Love ya

Big C

September 13th, 2011
10:51 am

Great comment Gman!

Sam of Georgia

September 13th, 2011
10:54 am

Great news for Mr. Perry. It shows that hard work will pay off in America. Way to go.

Drew

September 13th, 2011
10:55 am

“Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.” – H. L. Mencken

Watching any episode of “Meet The Browns” illustrates that perfectly. Stepinfetchit lives.

KJ

September 13th, 2011
10:56 am

Ugh, couldn’t they get ANYONE else to play Alex Cross? Denzel? Will Smith? Emmanuel Lewis? ANYONE would be preferable.

Blip Blip

September 13th, 2011
11:01 am

I miss Fran Davenport!

beanster

September 13th, 2011
11:02 am

I am curious. Why does the title of every movie or sitcom he makes have the possessive use of his name preceeding it? I don’t think I would have any trouble identifying the work as his regardless of whether his name is there or not. Style you say? Or narcissism?

And by the way, just to be clear. I don’t “hate” Tyler Perry. I “hate” when people use that word like that simply because someone is being critical. I certainly don’t “hate” Tyler Perry because he has tons of money. More power to him. This is America. There seems to be a pervasive theory amongst fans of this guy that somehow everyone who is critical of his work is jealous of his money and that’s the motivating factor behind their dislike of him/his work. Which is simply not true.

Have a great day everyone!

Ladytee621

September 13th, 2011
11:03 am

I am so proud to see someone have the courage to say “no thank you” to the powers that be in Hollywood and become successful on his own terms. He has given so many people a chance to work and be themselves on camera and at the same time had the generosity to give back to the community on a regular basis. God bless him.

Just Damn!!

September 13th, 2011
11:04 am

I’ve had this guys material crammed down my piehole for several years now, the next laugh he gives me will be the first. Total and complete hack pandering to the lowest common denominator.

Vetta

September 13th, 2011
11:04 am

Congrats!! Love it–hate on haters :-)

who?

September 13th, 2011
11:04 am

The real question to ask is…..how in the heii did Dr. Phil make the top 10 list?

carla roqs

September 13th, 2011
11:07 am

i hope he is not playing cross, i will not be able to see that movie if he is. i was told he is playing another role. i am not a fan of his style of entertainment. i am glad that it has paid off for him though.

Fran Davenport

September 13th, 2011
11:07 am

Blip Blip! Here I am! Where the hell you been?

ShawnO

September 13th, 2011
11:07 am

That is awesome ! I am a huge fan of Tyler Perry . He should be commended for his giving spirit and for always seeking ways to not only entertain but help others that are less fortunate. Way to go T.P !

Observer

September 13th, 2011
11:09 am

who? … the answer to your question “…..how in the heii did Dr. Phil make the top 10 list?” … he made there on the backs of the crazy azz white folks in America!

Observer

September 13th, 2011
11:11 am

Correction … not crazy azz but “Neurotic Azz” white folks in America! :)

Mel

September 13th, 2011
11:12 am

Lighten up, people. He’s not trying to cure cancer, he’s just trying to entertain people. The market has obviously decided what he does is not crap. We should be proud he represents our community and gives back so much.

Brian

September 13th, 2011
11:12 am

This man pulled himself out of a very bad situation and now he’s successful… Keep at out Tyler. 130mil doesn’t fall from the sky… It appears that a lot of people like his work… And he knows when and when not to sign a contract.

MaG

September 13th, 2011
11:12 am

Tyler Perry is multi-talented & creative. He is truly blessed, honors God & presents & exhudes positivity. Not only that, he is generous; never forgets where he came from & makes a point of giving back in abundance to those less fortunate. I embrace his humor & I am thankful he has filled a void in the industry with his work.

For you haters, you’re really not even worthy of me stooping to address you, but I am feeling rather generous today. The more your speak negatively of him, the less positive energy & blessings you will receive. Learn to allow positive words to leave your tongue & permeate your thoughts. You’d be surprised how that can then make you think higher of yourself. People that think highly of themselves tend not to take the time to hate on others because self-esteem is a review of one’s self. Now, I could further expound upon that thought, but I won’t. I hope you’re keeping up & further clarity is not required. Why not try working on you, your goals & aspirations instead of belittling him? As far as you questioning his sexuality, what does that have to do with this article? He is still talented & rich – to coin a phrase from Tamar “point blank period!”

I love Tyler Perry as Madea. I love his movies & plays. For those that don’t, diversity is what makes the U.S. what it is. He has enough supporters, he doesn’t need you, so go do you. One last piece of advice for you – keep hating & see how far you get in life.

brownsuga4505

September 13th, 2011
11:13 am

Congrats!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

Ron Burgundy

September 13th, 2011
11:15 am

Tyler Perry should do more shows were blacks are doctors and lawyers. That way black kids will see that it is indeed possible to become a lawyer and go to law school.

Too many black kids see blacks as NBA players and want to be NBA players. they need to see black people pretending to be successful on TV so they will be inspired.

ShawnO

September 13th, 2011
11:15 am

I certainly don’t have to like every movie,play or television show that Tyler Perry has done in order to commend him ! He is more than worthy of all that he is receiving. I am in awe of anyone that comes humble beginnings and takes a “no excuses” approach to life. May God continuously bless Tyler. His life story is truly inspirational and a fine example of perserverance for others.

Ron Burgundy

September 13th, 2011
11:16 am

Tyler Perry has a lot of “blessed days”

Perry Fan

September 13th, 2011
11:16 am

Wow, the hypocrites are out in force today. All you two-bit losers who spout your hate of Tyler Perry and his “crap” movies as you call them just show what lowbrow, double talking, fools you really are. If Tyler Perry showed up at your house with a check to cover your mortgage for 6 months because you were out of work you’d suddenly start slobbering how he’s the most wonderful man on earth and a fantastic movie maker. But sadly people like you are no different than computers. Garbage in, garbage out.

Ron Burgundy

September 13th, 2011
11:18 am

Tyler Perry shows are cat poo but who wouldn’t sell cat poo for billions? I mean N Sync was cat poo but pay me millions and I will dance around like a queer too!

Laquita Williamz

September 13th, 2011
11:19 am

Tyler perry is a man who bestows blessings onbus all. I was out of work and drunk until I started watching the Perry shows….now I am out of work and stoned….much better!

blkshepherd

September 13th, 2011
11:20 am

Actually Whats CRAP is the amount of money paid to the American Idol judges as well as it’s host Ryan Seacrest..now thats CRAP and the AI is too the Last few years.
Howard Stern – CRAP

Rush Limbergh-CRAP

I can think of other countless shows on TV that are PURE CRAP that Make a lot of money. but instead of bitching and complaining I simply Change the channel and Dont watch it.

I am not a fan of Tyler or his work. But I COMMEND him for giving lots of talented African Americans jobs something others on TV and the Big Screen do not. Thank YOu for that Mr.Perry. No I dont own any of your movies(dont care for them, but of course there are a Lot of movies I refuse to go see. Namely Harry Potter and Others but I dont get on here bitching and calling them out)
But I do admire the way you came from Nothing and built yourSelf and the hundreds that you employ. I am very Proud of your accomplishments although not a fan.

Listen more than speak

September 13th, 2011
11:20 am

@ beanster – it would appear to be similar to how all of John Carpenter’s movies are titled in the possessive, i.e. John Carpenter’s The Fog, John Carpenter’s The Thing, et al.