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8. Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry
Job title: Writer, director, producer, Tyler Perry Studios

The actor, director, writer and producer has made urban entertainment mainstream.

Since his first movie in 2005, Perry's eight movies have grossed more than $400 million, according to Box Office Mojo.

His latest, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, earned more than $51 million. And estimates call for his TBS sitcom, House of Payne, to bring in more than $200 million by 2012.

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