Tyler Perry Net Worth – From Homeless to Forbes List

Tyler Perry has proved to be a gem for Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. After all, the ratings have climbed since the network broadcasted his scripted series. And for now, there is a good news for fans, as the network has added two new Tyler Perry series to its lineup. Overall this just shows, the demand for Perry’s content which usually attracts many viewers within a short period of time. It has also given a major boost in Tyler Perry net worth, which is now estimated to be $ 600 million.

Perry owns Tyler Perry Studios (TPS), and is really busy with his professional life. However, when it comes to his personal life, the actor cum writer is equally active. As he is often spotted along with a long time girlfriend, Gelila Bekele at numerous events. The couple has been together since 2009 and welcomed their first child, Aman, on November 30, 2014. Also from his interviews, it looks quite clear that Tyler is concerned about his son from an early start. So he is vigilant both professionally and personally.

Tyler Perry Net Worth and Income Details

Homeless To Forbes List


Tyler Perry Net Worth and Income Details

As reported by “TheRichest”, he made $ 70 million and $ 78 million in 2014 and 2013 respectively. In between May 2010 and 2011, Tyler Perry has reportedly earned US$130 million. While in 2008, the actor could make $ 75 million.

Tyler Perry’s net worth as of 2017 is estimated to be $ 600 million while in 2015 it was $ 400 million. The major reason this increment is his new projects along with the successful older shows.

Tyler Perry

Homeless To Forbes List

2017 may seem to be a promising year for the energetic actor however life was not always kind to him. Born on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Perry had a rough childhood. As from an early start, he was physically abused by his father, Emmitt Perry, Sr (not biological). He once said his father’s “answer to everything was to beat it out of you”. Perry has also revealed that he was at times molested by his friend’s mother, which deeply impacted him. Also when he was young, Perry tried committing suicide.

However, even after all this mess, it was his mother, who gave him some comfort. She took him and his siblings to church each week, where he sensed a certain refuge.

His first musical “I Know I’ve Been Changed” was initially motivated by a comment on The Oprah Winfrey Show. As in one episode, he learned that writing about difficult experiences could lead to personal breakthroughs. So in 1992, after saving $ 12,000, he debuted the show—which he directed, produced, and starred in. However, initially, it could not perform well and only lasted one weekend. With its failure, Tyler continued to work odd jobs while reworking the show. Due to his financial struggle, he even started sleeping in his car as he could not afford rent.

Still, with continued hard work and planning, he gave it one more try in 1998. This time it earned critical acclaim as well as commercial success. Since then Tyler never turned back and has created his own empire. In 2013, he was named the highest-paid man in entertainment by Forbes.