Production powerhouse Tyler Perry has landed on the Forbes billionaires list for the first time, with a billion dollars. The prolific filmmaker behind the Made one franchise, A fall from grace and recently announced The blues of a jazz player – both for Netflix – is the billionaire no. 2,677.
Tyler Perry Studios’ Atlanta television series include Sistas and The oval. He is working on All the queen’s men for BET +, the streaming services joint venture between Perry and ViacomCBS.
Perry joins Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, who are in the middle of a divorce, among 493 first-time additions to Forbes’ 35th annual list, which totals 2,755 billionaires, 660 more than a year ago. Musician and entrepreneur Kanye West, who has a multi-year deal to design the Yeezy sneaker brand for Adidas, is the 1,750th billionaire at $ 1.8 billion. Kim Kardashian West, who tapped into reality TV stardom on a fortune with a mobile game, cosmetics and most recently shapewear, is worth $ 2,674 billion.
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Topping the list for the fourth year in a row is Jeff Bezos, worth $ 177 billion. Elon Musk, who outperformed Bezos briefly during the year when Tesla shares rose, is number two at $ 151 billion. Rounding out the top ten are Bernard Arnault, LVMH CEO Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook; Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett; Oracle founder Larry Ellison; Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; and Mukesh Ambani, President of the Reliance Group of India.
In total, billionaires are worth $ 13.1 trillion, up from $ 8 trillion in 2020, Forbes said. The majority, 724, are in the US, followed by China (including Hong Kong and Macau) with 698. Forbes used stock prices and exchange rates on March 5 to determine net worth.
Others in the US media and entertainment space include:
-Michael Bloomberg, no. 20 with $ 59 billion
-Rupert Murdoch and family, no. 71 with $ 23.5 billion
-Donald Newhouse, no. 109 with $ 17.6 billion
-Jack Dorsey, no. 173 with $ 12.5 billion
-Charlie Ergen, no. 241 with $ 9.6 billion
-David Geffen, no. 245 with $ 9.5 billion
-John Malone, no. 316 with $ 7.8 billion
-George Lucas, no. 339 with $ 7.4 billion
-Charles Dolan and family, no. 440 with $ 6.1 billion
-Clive Calder, no. 502 with $ 5.5 billion
-Reed Hastings, no. 550 with $ 5.1 billion
-Barry Diller, no. 680 with $ 4.2 billion
-Steven Spielberg, no. 807 with $ 3.7 billion
-Arnon Milchan, no. 891 with $ 3.4 billion
-Haim Saban, no. 1,008 with $ 3 billion
-Oprah Winfrey, no. 1,174 with $ 2.7 billion
-Ted Turner, no. 1362 with $ 2.3 billion
-Brian Roberts, no. 1,664 to $ 1.9 billion
-Jay-Z, no. 2,141 with $ 1.4 billion
-Thomas Tull, no. 2,378 to $ 1.2 billion
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss (the identical twins in The social network) were also new to the list at No. 1,008 with $ 3 billion. The brothers co-founded cryptocurrency exchange Gemini in 2014.
Former President Donald Trump came in at No. 1,299 at $ 2.4 billion, compared to no. 1,001 last year.