Tiger Woods, Age 32:
Earlier this summer Tiger Woods captured the U.S. Open despite a torn knee ligament. That accomplishment is just as impressive as the golf virtuoso's bank account. Forbes estimates Woods will become a billionaire in 2011. Where's all the money coming from? Woods' extraordinary marketability. He has earned more than $750 million from endorsement deals during his career--and he's only 32. Big companies paying for the Tiger brand name include Nike and Accenture.
Tyler Perry, Age 38:Producer, director and actor Tyler Perry earned $125 million last year, the sixth highest payday on our most recent Celebrity 100 list. The New Orleans native banked more than Jennifer Aniston, Tom Cruise and Bon Jovi combined, thanks to his three movies and the sale of his sitcom to TBS. Next up is a role in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek prequel. Building a billion-dollar fortune in the entertainment business is extraordinarily rare but certainly not impossible, as evidenced by Steven Spielberg, worth an estimated $3 billion, and George Lucas, worth an estimated $3.9 billion.
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