Tyler Perry Leads ‘Forbes’ 10 Highest-Paid Entertainers

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3. Steven Spielberg – $107 million

Hey! It’s a guy that is actually respected for what he does! What a fun little anomaly on this list!

2010 wasn’t much of a banner year for Spielberg, who produced True Grit, The HBO miniseries The Pacific, and United States of Tara. True Grit made a killing at the box office, but Spielberg hasn’t directed a thing since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

However, with Spielberg’s resume, he could probably rake in $100 million per year just resting on his laurels, as DVD sales alone of so many classic films should ensure a steady stream of Benjamins into Spielberg’s pockets.

2. Jerry Bruckheimer – $113 million

OK. In 2010, Bruckheimer produced, CSI, CSI: NY, CSI: Las Vegas, Chase, The Whole Truth, Dark Blue, The Amazing Race, The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Forgotten, Miami Medical, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, and Cold Case.

Wow. Jerry Bruckheimer might be the only underpaid guy on this list. I mean, it would be great if he produced something I actually wanted to watch, but I appreciate it from a quantitative perspective, nonetheless.

1. Tyler Perry – $130 million

This guy has more money than all the school teachers in your city combined. Probably.

He’s cranked out films since 2009 and two TV series. He made most of this money because of Madea, a sassy older black lady who has appeared in six of Tyler Perry’s movies, which is enough to make Martin Lawrence blush.

I don’t know what else to say about Tyler Perry, but I should probably find some stuff soon, because, if money is representative of value, then he is the most important person in entertainment today.

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