2012 The Root 100

Tyler Perry is an actor and filmmaker who released Good Deeds and Madea Witness Protection in 2012.

  • Influence: 185.0
  • Reach: 16.0
  • Substance: 6.8
  • Media Mentions: 4083
  • Internet Mentions: 2000000
  • Twitter Followers: 1263782
  • Tyler Perry

  • Movie and TV mogul who tops Forbes' 2011 list of Entertainment's Highest-Paid Men.
  • Job: Filmmaker and CEO of the Tyler Perry Co.
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @tylerperry
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Age: 42
  • Bio: With hits such as the recent Good Deeds, which earned $35 million after it opened in February, and June's Madea Witness Protection, which grossed $65.5 million, Perry's movies have grossed more than $500 million worldwide. Like all filmmakers, he has his critics, but the proof is in the receipts -- the audiences show up for his films again and again (and again), proving the box office power of black moviegoers and cementing his role as a entertainment mogul. Perry also produces TBS network sitcoms House of Payne and Meet the Browns. Up next? Perry will assume the title role in I, Alex Cross, a film adaptation of a James Patterson novel.