Forbes has released their list of the highest-paid men in entertainment. Minus Oprah, I bet it looks pretty much the same as the highest-paid people in general. That said, Tyler Perry does rep the diversity quotient at the top of the list with $130 million made from May 2010 to May 2011. Perry is not popular with the critics, but I continue to be impressed by the man who can outearn such power players (and notable white men) as Jerry Bruckheimer and Steven Spielberg. Perry has directed ten movies since his feature debut in 2006, and starred in most of them. In recent years the two TBS sitcoms Meet the Browns and House of Payne have proven a major contribution to Perry’s paycheck. He has a good shot at next year’s title, too: in 2012, he’ll deliver at least one more project, Good Deeds, and star in the potential franchise starter I, Alex Cross.
Look for the top ten and the oddities within (James Patterson?) after the jump.
Tyler Perry — $130 million
Jerry Bruckheimer — $113 million
Steven Spielberg — $107 million
Elton John — $100 million
Simon Cowell — $90 million
James Patterson — $84 million
Dr. Phil McGraw — $80 million
Leonardo DiCaprio — $77 million
Howard Stern — $76 million
Tiger Woods — $75 million