Once homeless Tyler Perry is now billionaire, says Forbes

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“I love it when people say you come from ‘small beginnings’,” he recently told Forbes. ” [It] means you were poor as hell. ”

Things have certainly changed.

Raised in poverty in New Orleans, Perry dropped out of high school and went through a period of homelessness while struggling as a playwright.

These plays turned him into a star and launched a career that ultimately led him to become a media mogul and the first African American to independently own a studio.

“Ownership changes everything,” he told Forbes.One of the things that has changed is his bank account.

Forbes has added Perry to his list of billionaires and estimates he has earned “over $ 1.4 billion in pre-tax income since 2005.”

According to Forbes, Perry $ 30 million for the studio in Atlanta in 2015 and spent $ 250 million to build the studio there.

He enjoys being a black man with a studio on the grounds of Fort McPherson, which had been a Confederate military stronghold.

This studio also helps to increase its wealth.

“I own the lights. I own the sets, ”he told Forbes. “So that’s where the difference lies. Because I own everything, my returns are higher. “

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