Tyler Perry’s Path from a Tough Childhood to Hollywood Success

Born into poverty and raised in a household scarred by abuse, Tyler fought from a young age to find the strength, faith and perseverance that would later form foundations of his work. Watch Tyler talk about who he was statistically likely to have become and how he was able to defy those odds to live a successful life.

Watch his 60 Minutes interview here.

Recipient of the 2004 Black Business Professionals’ Entrepreneur of the Year award, he leads a massively successful entertainment empire, employing 350 people from his 30-acre Atlanta studio, with five sound stages and a post-production facility. As a part of his inspiring body of work, including the now-legendary Madea franchise, Tyler has produced, written, and directed a dozen stage plays, five TV series, and 15+ feature films—staring in several of these projects, as well as recently completing a part in David Fincher’s next film, Gone Girl.

Perry hasn’t forgotten about those who helped him along the way, and is intimately involved in supporting charities focused on civil rights, homelessness, and rebuilding the lives of disaster survivors in New Orleans and Haiti.

Tyler Perry will be one of our speakers at The Global Leadership Summit 2014. Learn more and register today.


  1. says

    Not a lot you need to show or tell me about Mr. Tyler P. I became familiar with his and his body of work some 13 years ago!

    He is the pinnacle of success in his overcoming adversities. People like this always makes me wonder where’s the chink in their armor. But what he’s given to the world is a body of work and messages that are undeniably timeless, pertinent and moving!

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