It turns out highest paid man in entertainment is known mostly for dressing in women’s clothes. Well, sort of. Comedy writer, director, producer and actor Tyler Perry came in at number one on Forbes’ list of Entertainment’s Highest Paid Men, raking in $130 million between May 2010 and May 2011. So, you might be asking: How in the hell did he make all that loot? Well, a big part of that fortune comes from the five (!) movies he’s cranked out in the last two years, three of which star Perry as Madea, his loud-mouthed, sassy Mammy alter-ego.
Adding to his feature films, Perry oversees two half hour sitcoms on TBS, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet The Browns with a third one, Tyler Perry’s For Better Or Worse set to debut in November.
The only other member of the comedy world to crack the top 10 is radio deity, Howard Stern. The “King of All Media” took in $76 million over the same stretch of time. His renewed contract with satellite radio provider SiriusXM will keep him with the company through 2015. Stern Previously ranked second on a Forbes list in 2004 of highest paid celebrities with a whopping $302 million, beating out the likes of George Lucas, Oprah Winfrey, and Jerry Seinfeld, fresh off his switch to satellite.
Perry has an upcoming role in a film that he is surprisingly not the brains behind, as detective Alex Cross in James Patterson’s I, Alex Cross. With soon to be three ongoing sitcoms, and no doubt more Madea movies in the works, Perry is poised to stay on this list of top earners for a long time to come.