After his humble beginnings as a playwright, Perry gained a huge following and it led him to make his first film, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, in 2005. After the movie grossed over $50 million, Perry went on to create a massive entertainment empire. But as for how he made it to billionaire status, he says it was because he took ownership of all of his projects, which include 22 films, over two dozen stage plays and 1,200 television episodes. Oh, and did we mention that he also owns a 330-acre studio lot in Atlanta?
While discussing the importance of ownership, he recalled, "My father was a subcontractor, and he would get paid on Fridays and be so happy that he had made $800. But I would watch the man that owned the house sell it and make $80,000. So I always knew that there was more power in the man that owned the house rather than the man that actually was working on it and building it. So I always wanted to be the guy that owned the house."
He continued, "I own the lights. I own the sets. So that’s where the difference is. Because I own everything, my returns are higher. Ownership is everything."