“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.
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. “