What Is Tyler Perry’s Net Worth? Is He Married to Gelila Bekele and Do They Have a Son?

What is Tyler Perry’s net worth?

Tyler Perry is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter who has a net worth of $1 billion. Thanks to his lucrative library of television series and films, and his 330-acre studio
Net Worth:
$1 billion
Salary:$80 Million per year
Income Sources:His career as an actor, producer, and director
Age/Date of Birth:
54 years old (September 13, 1969)
6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m)
Last Updated:

You can’t count the success stories in the world’s show business without mentioning Tyler Perry. Since the American actor, playwright, producer, director and gospel songwriter first received the Helen Hayes Award for Excellence in Theater, he has accumulated numerous accolades acknowledging his exceptional imprints on the entertainment industry.

While it’s common to find people telling tales about how hardworking Tyler is and striving to decide which of his work is his biggest hit, the actor believes his accomplishments have nothing to do with work. To him, his biggest success is living above his terrible experiences, the things that would have destroyed him and claimed his life. As of 2021, Tyler Perry’s net worth is $1 billion according to Forbes

Tyler Perry’s Early Life and Career Beginnings

Tyler Perry was born Emmitt Perry Jr. on September 13, 1969, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Tyler’s life has served as an inspiration to many people. As a child, Perry was physically abused by his step-father and sexually abused by people who were supposed to protect him. In a bid to shield him from the pain, his mother took him to a church where he learned to find solace in God.

In his 20s, while watching Oprah Winfrey’s show he discovered that he could channel his pain into words. Perry began to write as a way of letting out. He started by writing short stories, which he later turned into stage plays. The plays soon became very popular and attracted an audience of 35,000 weekly. Before he even got to Hollywood, he sold tickets worth over $100 million for his plays. He also sold videos and merchandise related to his plays worth $30 million.

Tyler has done very well for himself by not only overcoming his dark past but also turning his story into wealth. Perry is indeed an example of one who has used life’s curveballs to chart a path in his life. He could’ve given up after his first play, “I know I’ve Been Changed” flopped dismally. He did a lot of saving to stage the play, hoping it would be his push into the limelight. Tyler didn’t get the attention of the public as only a handful of people showed up to see the play. But as fate would have it, the same play became a big deal six years later. After this came several of Tyler plays which rocked the world of theatre.

If Tyler Perry was admired for the inspirational plays he wrote, he was adored when his TBS series “House of Payne” overwhelmed television audience in 2007. It didn’t surprise anyone when it became the most-rated first-run syndicated cable show of all time; everyone saw it coming.

Perry is best known for his drag character, Madea. Interestingly, Madea wasn’t intended to be the lead character. When the lead actress did not show up, there had to be a quick change of roles. Tyler Perry also writes songs, especially in the gospel genre.

Details of Tyler Perry’s Net Worth Including Film & TV Shows Earnings

Perry makes between $100 million and $150 million annually. As of December 2013, he was the only filmmaker who had 5 films open at number one at the box office in 5 years. He has 13 prominent films which have garnered over $600 million at the box office. Interestingly, the production cost of each film was $10 million. Perry writes, directs, and produces all his films. This way, he makes maximal profits. Between 2010 and 2011, he made $130 million. He made $15 million from the movie ‘Gone Girl’.

Perry moved his TV Empire to Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network. He launched 2 new shows, “The Have and the Have Nots” and “Love thy Neighbor”. His other TV shows include “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” which ran for 8 seasons. He has made over $200 million from his TV shows.

As of the time of this report, it is believed that the worth of Tyler’s net worth is $1 billion.

Here’s a Breakdown of His Billion Dollar Fortune

  • Cash and Investments: $300 million
  • Stake in BET+: $60 million
  • Homes and Toys: $40 million
  • Library: $320 million
  • Tyler Perry Studio on 330 acres: $280 million

An Inside Look at Tyler Perry’s House and Cars

It was in May 2016 that Tyler Perry’s Atlanta mansion set real-estate record as the most expensive house ever sold in Atlanta. The house which was listed in June 2015 at the asking price of $25 million sold for $17.5 million.

According to reports, the filmmaker intends to buy Fort McPherson, a 475-acre former Army base in Atlanta at $75 million. He planned to build a movie studio, a shopping area as well as an office building on the land, and in 2019, Perry celebrated the grand opening of his newest Atlanta studio location; Tyler Perry Studios is the largest film production studio in the United States, and established Perry as the first African-American to outright own a major film production studio. The studio is a notable resource for Atlanta’s robust economy

Perry’s Avec Chateau home is worth $10.7 million, his Los Angeles mansion $13.75 million, and Dean Gardens $7.6 million. He owns a private island, White Bay Cay Island worth $350 million. He also owns a Gulf Stream private jet worth $65.5 million.

Tyler Perry owns a number of luxurious cars; a Range Rover worth $85,000, a Rolls-Royce Ghost worth $266,000, and a Bentley GT Sports Coupe worth $238,000.

What We Know About Tyler Perry’s Marital Life 

The success that Tyler Perry has recorded in his life so far is so mersmerising that many are so quick to attribute it to his having a balanced family life – i.e. a family support system that includes his wife, and probably, kids. With this in mind, questions about who the wife and kids of the quinquagenarian are have also been thrown around. Here’s what we know:

Tyler Perry Has Never Walked Down The Aisle With Anyone

Even though it has been commonly assumed that Tyler Perry is married, we know that the assertion is untrue as he has not been officially married to anyone. His reason for this is not known at the moment but the actor seems to be doing well without been joined in holy matrimony with anyone. Nonetheless, is it also known that Tyler Perry is in an active romantic relationship.

Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele

Who is Tyler Perry’s Love Interest, Gelila Bekele?

Born in Ethiopia, Gelila Bekele is not just Tyler Perry’s partner but also a model. Being the love interest of a star thespian like Tyler may be a lot to handle on its own but despite this fact, the beautiful Bekele still has a lot going for her as well. Asides from being a model, she is also a documentary filmmaker, a social activist and has also published a book titled Guzo! – published in 2018.

Her modeling career, which began in 2006 when she was signed to Ford Models has seen her appear for top brands such as Pantene, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, and L’Oreal. As a humanitarian and social activist, she advocates for girls’ rights in Ethiopia.

Though little is known about the affair between Tyler Perry and Gelila Bekele, it is a widely held view that they started dating in 2009. Hardly can anyone tell what attracted the lovers to each other when they met in 2007 at a concert. But, as Bekele is often described as a humanitarian, we have to assume that their interest in each other was evoked by their regard for promoting human welfare – Tyler won 2017’s People’s Choice Award for Favorite Humanitarian.

He Shares a Son With Gelila Bekele

It was a moment that changed the course of Tyler Perry’s life when Gelila Bekele broke the news of her pregnancy to him through facetime in 2014. Tyler and Gelila would later welcome a son they named Aman Tyler Perry on the 30th day of November 2014. The couple has done a great job in keeping their son away from paparazzi as Tyler Perry once inferred that his son was not famous and so would learn the ropes and work for himself when he grows up. That tells us a lot about his parenting style!

Profile Summary
First Name:Emmitt
Last Name:Perry
Estimated Net Worth:
$1 billion
Salary:$80 Million per year
Source of Wealth:His career as an actor, producer, and director
Last Updated:
Also Known As:
Tyler Perry
Actor, writer, producer, comedian and director
Famous For:his portrayal of the character Mabel (“Madea”) Simmons and his ability to take multiple roles in films.
Colleges/Universities Attended:
The Juilliard School
Educational Qualifications:
Dropped out from high school but later earned a General Education Development (GED) degree
Birthday & Zodiac
Age/Date of Birth:
54 years old (September 13, 1969)
Zodiac Sign:Virgo
Birth Place:
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
African American
Country of Residence:
United States of America
Physical Attributes
6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m)
102 kg or 225 lbs
Eye Colour:
dark brown
Hair Color:
Other Body Measurements:
Chest: 45 inches or 114 cm
Waist 36 inches or 91.5 cm
Arms/Biceps: 15.5 inches or 39.5 cm
Marital Status:
Gelila Bekele (partner, 2009–2020)
Family and Relatives
Emmitt Perry, Sr.
Mother:Willie Maxine Perry
Aman Tyler Perry (son)
Siblings:Yulanda Wilkins (sister)
Melva Porter (sister)
Emmbre Perry (brother)
Other Relatives:
Not Available

Your Questions Answered

Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) is located in Southwest Atlanta, Georgia.

Perry can be contacted by people who may not want their conversation recorded online through various channels.

For professional needs, you can contact his studio by calling 1 800 498 9537

You can also send a traditional mail to ‘The Tyler Perry Studios, PMB 140, 541 10th Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30318’

His signature character portrayal of Madea. He is also famous as a film director, actor, and playwright.

Chuck Dez
Chuck Dez
Chuck is a personal finance and entertainment writer with over 15 years of experience covering famous biographies, personal finance, celebrity net worth, and celebrity lifestyles. He loves the process of researching new information, discovering and learning new things, as well as putting into words, interesting things others might like to read.


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