Tyler Perry is the first African-American man to own a studio.

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Triple-threat Tyler Perry has conquered the stage, screen and the publishing world. His hit films—such as Madea's Family Reunion and Diary of a Mad Black Woman have opened #1 at the box office, and his first book, Don't Make a Black Woman Take Off Her Earrings , debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list.

So what's left for this talent to accomplish? Tyler recently bought a 75,000-square-foot television and film studio in Atlanta, making him the first African-American man to own his own studio. The team at Tyler Perry Studios is currently hard at work on two sitcoms and two films.

Tyler says he's filled his office with things that inspire him. On the wall is a framed photo of him and Oprah from the first time he appeared on her show in 2001. "It's a full-circle moment for me," Tyler says. "To sit there with you was nothing short of a miracle."
FROM: The World's Greatest Voices
Published on December 06, 2006