Tyler Perry Net Worth, Bio, Age, Movies, Wife and Son

admin January 13, 2020
Updated 2023/08/19 at 8:13 AM
Tyler Perry Net Worth
Tyler Perry Net Worth

Tyler Perry is a recognized actor that is mostly known for his funny character “Madea”. He does not only act, but he is also known for his story writing, directing, and producing. Tyler Perry net worth is estimated at $1 billion. His movies mostly portray what a typical African American household is about. In the 1990s, he was most popular for writing and producing lots of stage plays.

Tyler Perry Early Life

Tyler Perry’s birth name is Emmitt Perry Jr. and he was born on the 13th of September, 1969. He was born in New Orleans, Louisiana to Willie Maxine Campbell and Emmitt Perry Sr. who was a carpenter. However, later in his adult life, a DNA test revealed that Emmitt Sr. is not Tyler’s biological father.

Perry grew up in an abusive home, his father Emmitt beat up his children and this affected him. In an effort to escape his father’s tyranny, Tyler once tried to commit suicide. He found refuge in the weekly church visitation his mother took him. When he was 16, he legally changed his name to Tyler in order to distance himself from his father.

Tyler Perry revealed some time back that he was molested at age 10 by his friend’s mother. He explained further that he was also molested by three men before that incident. And later he learned his father also molested one of his friends.

Tyler earned a GED even though he didn’t finish high school.


How he started writing when he was in his 20s, he was watching an episode of Oprah Winfrey Show. Someone in the show described how writing can be therapeutic for an author. When he heard that, he got inspired to start writing and build a career from it. He wrote letters to himself which was the foundation of his musical “I Know I’ve Been Change”.

Stage plays

Perry moved to Atlanta in 1990 and in just two years, his series of letters were performed at a theatre as “I Have Been Changed” play. He financed the play with his life savings of $12000. It addressed issues in dysfunctional families such as child abuse. It also talked about themes like dignity, self-worth, and forgiveness.

At first, the musical was a failure but Tyler never gave up. He rewrote it again over 6 years and in 1998, at age 28, he staged it again in Atlanta. It was played at Fox theatre and House of Blues. He continued touring and creating new stage plays and also developing his reputation among the African American community.

According to Forbes in 2005, Terry had sold “more than $100 million in tickets, $30 million in videos of his shows, and an estimated $20 million in merchandise”. They also estimated the number of people attending his show and concluded that “the 300 live shows he produces each year are attended by an average of 35,000 people a week”.

Film Making

Tyler’s first movie was “Diary of a Mad Black Woman” and he raised a budget of $5.5 million with the sales of his stage productions. The movie scored a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and grossed about $50.6 million domestically. After this, he started releasing his Madea films. The first release was Madea’s Family reunion which was number one at the box office with about $30.3 million. The movies grossed $65 million. He and his co-actors promoted the Madea movie on Winfrey’s show.

Tyler’s movie after this was “Daddy’s Little Girls” which starred popular actor Idris Elba and actress Gabrielle Union. After it’s released in 2007, the movie grossed more than $31 million. He then released “Why Did I Get married?” which grossed $21.4 million starring stars like Janet Jackson, Jill Scott, Tasha Smith, and Sharon Leal. In 2008, he released “Meet the Browns” and then “The family that preys” which grossed about $20.1 and $37.1 million respectively.

In 2009, he released a movie that is still his largest opening to date and it was “Madea Goes to Jail” which opened at $41 million. His first film outside his own project was “star trek” where he starred as a commandant. In 2009, he released the movie “I Can Do Bad Myself” which was number one at the box office. That same year, he teamed up with Oprah Winfrey and released “Precious” which was based on a novel. “Why Did I Get Married Too?” was released the following year featuring Cicely Tyson, Louis Gossett Jr., Malik Yoba, and other movie stars.

Mr. Perry has also directed movies like “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf”. He also released “Good Deeds” in 2012, the movie is a romantic drama that he wrote and also directed. It featured Eddie Cibrian, Jamie Kennedy, Phylicia Rashad, and many more.

He is a very successful writer and actor and these are the main sources of Tyler Perry net worth. He has also written and released movies like “Madea’s Witness Protection”, and “Temptation: Confession of a Marriage Counselor” where he starred big celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jurnee Smollet, and lots more.  Tyler has also appeared in big projects that aren’t his. Movies such as “Gone Girl”, “Alex Cross”, and so on. He also directed “The Single Moms Club” movie in 2014. Tyler also lent his voice in the sony pictures animation film “The Star”. His recent and controversial movies at the moment are “Acrimony” where he cast actress Taraji P Henson who everyone knows as “Cookie” from the popular series “Empire”.

Tyler Perry Net Worth

With his acting, directing, and producing career, this 51-year-old man has accumulated massive wealth for himself. Tyler Perry net worth is estimated at $1 billion.  He lives in Atlanta where his big studio is located. In 2010, he purchased a 55-acre estate and tore it apart to construct a new home. This estate is located in Atlanta in John’s Creek suburb.

In 2017, Perry purchased another house in Los Angeles. It is in the Mulholland Estate community. He also owns properties in the Bahamas and Wyoming.

Tyler Perry Studios

Tyler Perry 2019 officially opened his studio in the heart of Atlanta. The 330-acre lot was acquired in 2015 and is historic being a former Fort McPherson army base. It’s a major motion picture studio and one of the largest production facilities in the country. It has twelve purpose-built sound stages and 200 acres of green space and a diverse backlot. In addition, it showcases forty buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tyler Perry Awards

  • In 2009, BET Honors Media.
  • NAACP Image, Chairman’s award in 2010.
  • Outstanding Direction in a Motion (NACCP), 2011
  • Favorite Humanitarian by People’s choice award in 2017

Tyler Perry Personal Life

Tyler Perry has never been married but he has a son, Anan Tyler Perry with his longtime girlfriend, Gelila Bekele.

Tyler Perry’s mother Maxine Perry passed away at 64 years after a brief illness.


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