America’s Latest Black Billionaire 

America’s Latest Black Billionaire 

Madea’s made it—as a billionaire.

Tyler Perry, the actor best known for his role in 11 films as a tough, elderly Black woman named Madea, is a billionaire, as of September 2020. Forbes caught up with Perry for a magazine feature and learned how the Hollywood star makes and spends his fortune. Perry is no one-hit wonder; he gained acclaim through the Madea franchise and leveraged that notoriety to launch Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia. The multihyphenate has written, acted, and directed films that have grossed more than $1B in ticket sales, and he’s recently placed a bet on BET+, a video-on-demand service that celebrated its one-year anniversary in September.


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