Tyler Perry Is The Highest-Paid Man In Entertainment
The man behind Madea, Meet The Browns, and For Colored Girls raked in $130 million from May 2010-May 2011, according to Forbes Magazine. That’s more than producing juggernaut Jerry Bruckheimer (Pirates of the Caribbean, all the CSIs) and blockbusting director Steven Spielberg.
Tyler Perry can officially laugh all the way to the bank in the face of his critics. He has never had much success with critical reception: his movies average a rating of 35% on RottenTomatoes. But Perry doesn’t seem to care—he famously told Spike Lee to “go straight to hell” for criticizing his work.
If audience fervor is any sign of success, Perry was already succeeding wildly. His films are gold at the box office, his live shows pack arenas around the country and his TV franchises keep going strong season after season.
While Perry might be most recognizable as the wigged and housecoated Madea, he earned a spot on this list as a producer and director more than as a performer. In fact, a word of advice to all you aspiring moguls: Only one other actor appears on the list, and that’s Inception star Leonardo DiCaprio (I bet most of that is Chinese cell phone money anyway).
So if you want to make the big bucks, you can be a performer or media personality, but you also have to produce and franchise like there’s no tomorrow. The list is full of men like Bruckheimer, Dr. Phil, publishing machine James Patterson, and King of All Media Howard Stern.
If you think your rhymes might be your path to riches, there’s a role model for you too in…Elton John??? Yes, this piano popstar provides a valuable lesson by showing us that a dedicated musician and businessman still tours at age 64.
Rounding out the top ten? Tiger Woods. I wouldn’t have called him an entertainer, but I guess he has provided a lot of drama for home audiences.