by Hauwa Gambo
Well, you knew film and stage director (plus actor and cross-dresser, in case you didn’t know he is also ‘Madea’) Tyler Perry was a billionaire… in theory. With $130 million in the bank in the year in review, he was top of the Forbes list for highest-paid men in (American) entertainment. But have you actually been able to visualise just how wealthy he is? Let’s paint you a picture.
In the latest (May) issue of Vanity Fair, TV host and BFF to Oprah Winfrey shares an impressive story. Tyler Perry came to lunch with Oprah and Ms. King last year in a brand new Bentley. In the course of lunch, Oprah (who has been named on countless ‘richest’ lists) casually mentions that she is a huge fan of the super-car.
So Perry did the natural thing – he got her an identical Bentley the very next day!
But you see, what’s a car between friends? Hear what happened next: “I called Tyler and told him how amazing that was because nobody ever does anything like that for her, on such a grand scale,” King narrates. “And so, the next day when I got home, there was a Bentley in my driveway!”
Gosh. We just had to share this story. And what’s the morale? When you are big, you are big.
Let the tale of three rich black people above inspire you this weekend, jo!