/Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Hit Forbes Billionaires List For First Time; Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk Are No. 1 & 2 For 2021 – Deadline

Tyler Perry, Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Hit Forbes Billionaires List For First Time; Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk Are No. 1 & 2 For 2021 – Deadline


Production powerhouse Tyler Perry has landed on the Forbes billionaires list for the first time, with $1 billion. The prolific filmmaker behind the Madea franchise, The Have and the Have Nots and Netflix’s recently announced A Jazzman’s Blues is billionaire No. 2,677.

Other TV series from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta include Sistas and The Oval. He’s working on All the Queen’s Men for BET+, the streaming service joint venture between Perry and ViacomCBS.

Perry joins Kanye West and Kim Kardashian — who happen to be in the midst 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 sneaker brand Yeezy for Adidas, is billionaire No. 1,750 with $1.8 billion. Kim Kardashian West, who parlayed reality TV stardom into a fortune with a mobile game, cosmetics and most recently shapewear, is No. 2,674 with $1 billion.

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Topping the list for the fourth year running is Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, who is worth $177 billion. Elon Musk, who passed Bezos briefly during the year as Tesla stock surged, is No. 2 with $151 billion. Rounding out the top 10 are Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Facebook founder-CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Berkshire Hathaway founder Warren Buffett; Oracle founder Larry Ellison; Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin; and Mukesh Ambani, chairman of India’s Reliance Group.

All in, the billionaires are worth $13.1 trillion — up from $8 trillion in 2020, Forbes said. Most – 724 – are in the U.S., followed by China (including Hong Kong and Macao) with 698. Forbes used stock prices and exchange rates from March 5 to determine net worth.

Others in the U.S. media and entertainment space include:

Michael Bloomberg, No. 20 ($59 billion)
Rupert Murdoch and family, No. 71 ($23.5 billion)
Donald Newhouse, No. 109 ($17.6 billion)
Jack Dorsey, No. 173 ($12.5 billion)
Charlie Ergen, No. 241 ($9.6 billion)
David Geffen, No. 245 ($9.5 billion)
John Malone, No. 316 ($7.8 billion)
George Lucas, No. 339 ($7.4 billion)
Charles Dolan and family, No. 440 ($6.1 billion)
Clive Calder, No. 502 ($5.5 billion)
Reed Hastings, No. 550 ($5.1 billion)
Barry Diller, No. 680 ($4.2 billion)
Steven Spielberg, No. 807 ($3.7 billion)
Arnon Milchan, No. 891 ($3.4 billion)
Haim Saban, No. 1,008 ($3 billion)
Oprah Winfrey, No. 1,174 ($2.7 billion)
Ted Turner, No. 1,362 ($2.3 billion)
Brian Roberts, No. 1,664 ($1.9 billion)
Jay-Z, No. 2,141 ($1.4 billion)
Thomas Tull, No. 2,378 ($1.2 billion)

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, the identical twins portrayed by Armie Hammer in The Social Network, also were 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 with $2.4 billion — down from No. 1,001 last year.

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