2013 The Root 100

Tyler Perry's vehicles benefit black actors, directors, writers and at least one mogul. 

  • Influence: 257.6
  • Reach: 17.03
  • Substance: 7.9
  • Media Mentions: 4832
  • Internet Mentions: 8170000
  • Twitter Followers: 3023002
  • Tyler Perry

  • His two shows on OWN have made the network profitable.
  • Job: Entertainment mogul
  • Sector: Entertainment/Media
  • Twitter: @tylerperry
  • Location: Atlanta
  • Age: 43
  • Bio: Whatever your feelings about Tyler Perry (and he seems to engender some strong ones), what we know for sure is that he is 1) funny, and 2) a self-made entertainment mogul who puts black writers, directors and actors to work. This year, Perry wrote and released Tyler Perry's Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor; presented Peeples, a film written and directed by Tina Gordon Chism; and most remarkably, put pal Oprah Winfrey's OWN network in the black. That is, after signing an exclusive, multiyear production deal with the fledgling channel, Perry's two scripted shows, Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots and Tyler Perry's Love Thy Neighbor, posted record ratings, allowing OWN to become profitable ahead of analysts' forecasts. At the end of the year, Perry will return to the big screen (and his roots) with Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas, and there is a Madea animated film for kids in the works. Visit his website and like his Facebook page.