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Tyler Perry is officially a billionaire as Forbes reveals actor’s net worth after he says he used to be ‘poor as hell’


TYLER Perry is officially a billionaire.

The 51-year-old media mogul – who recently hosted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at his Beverly Hills mansion – was named “Hollywood’s newest billionaire” by Forbes on Tuesday.

 Tyler Perry is officially a billionaire

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Tyler Perry is officially a billionaireCredit: Instagram

The Madea creator said that his “humble beginnings,” mean he was “poor as hell,” as the publication gave a break down of his wealth.

“[Tyler Perry] owns the entirety of his creative output, including more than 1,200 episodes of television, 22 feature films and at least two dozen stage plays, as well as a 330-acre studio lot at the edge of Atlanta’s southern limits,” Forbes explained.

The article continues: “He used that control to leverage a deal with ViacomCBS that pays him $150 million a year for new content and gives him an equity stake in BET+, the streaming service it debuted last September.” 

“Forbes estimates Perry has earned more than $1.4 billion in pretax income since 2005, which he used to buy homes in Atlanta, New York, Los Angeles and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, as well as two planes.

 Forbes made the calculation in their latest publication on Tuesday

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Forbes made the calculation in their latest publication on TuesdayCredit: Instagram
 Tyler has made his money by ownership

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Tyler has made his money by ownershipCredit: Amy Sussman/Invision/AP, File
 Forbes detailed that he owns more than 1,200 episodes of television, 22 feature films and at least two dozen stage plays, as well as a 330-acre studio lot at the edge of Atlanta’s southern limits

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Forbes detailed that he owns more than 1,200 episodes of television, 22 feature films and at least two dozen stage plays, as well as a 330-acre studio lot at the edge of Atlanta’s southern limitsCredit: Instagram
 The media mogul has "humble beginnings"

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The media mogul has “humble beginnings”Credit: Instagram
 He's seen here getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

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He’s seen here getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of FameCredit: Instagram
 He created the character Madea

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He created the character MadeaCredit: Instagram
 He's close pals with Oprah

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He’s close pals with OprahCredit: Steve Granitz/WireImage
 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were living at his mansion for the first part of this year

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were living at his mansion for the first part of this yearCredit: Google Earth

‘Quite a lifestyle for a once-homeless playwright raised in poverty in New Orleans. Today, Forbes estimates his net worth at $1 billion, with a clear path to future membership in The Forbes 400,” they reported.

Tyler told them: “I love when people say you come from ‘humble beginnings.’ [It] means you were poor as hell. Ownership changes everything.”

“You got to understand, I had no mentors. My father doesn’t know anything about business, and my uncles and mother, they know nothing about this. I didn’t go to business school. Everything I’ve learned, I’ve learned in progress.”

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