Tyler Perry is officially a billionaire, according to Forbes.
The Television Academy announced that the entertainment industry icon and The Perry Foundation will receive the 2020 Governors Awardin recognition of his contributions to helping to shape the television medium.
“Tyler Perry has changed the face of television and inspired a new generation of content creators. He pioneered a new brand of storytelling that engages people of color both in front of and behind the camera, and his shows have resonated with a global audience,” said Governors Award selection committee Chair Eva Basler in a written statement.
Perry was chosen by the Television Academy’s Board of Governors for the many various achievements in his television work and also his commitment to assisting others from marginalized communities through his personal acts of kindness. His organization, The Perry Foundation, is also being recognized for the programs of inclusion, engagement, employment and other philanthropic initiatives. Perry will receive his Emmy statuette during the Emmy Awards telecast scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 20.
The award honors an individual or organization in the television arts and sciences whose achievement is so exceptional and universal in nature that it goes beyond the scope of annual Emmy Awards recognition.