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Born into poverty in New Orleans, the media and entertainment mogul took inspiration from Oprah’s advice to keep a diary of his thoughts. He turned those early missives into a hit musical, propelling him toward success. Today Perry is an industry unto himself: a writer, director, actor, and producer—not to mention the creator of plays, books, films, and TV shows like the popular House of Payne on TBS. In 2011 Forbes named Perry the highest-paid man in entertainment, with $130 million in earnings.
We bought a fort Perry recently purchased 330 acres of the former Fort McPherson in southwest Atlanta, with plans to redevelop the site into a new movie studio.
This article originally appeared in our October 2015 issue.