Tyler Perry Plans Private Island Purchase for His 40th

The lure of uninterrupted work and no paparazzi appeals to the "loner by nature"

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Tyler Perry can soon add yet another feat to his list of accomplishments: island owner!

When the movie mogul turns the big 4-0 this September, he plans to join the ranks of David Copperfield and Mel Gibson with the purchase of the ultimate getaway.

“I’m a loner by nature, so when I’m out there on these islands, I just feel like the only person in the world,” says Perry, whose latest film, Madea Goes to Jail, grossed a whopping $41 million its opening weekend.

After recently spending a week vacationing on a private island in the Great Exumas in the Bahamas, he admits it’s not all relaxation: “Renting an island is the best place for me to work uninterrupted.”

What will he call his own private isle? “It won’t be Tyler Perry’s Island!” he laughs. “I’m so sick of seeing Tyler Perry all over everywhere!”

Instead, he’ll wait until he’s inspired by the exotic locale, which he hasn’t quite decided on yet. “It’ll speak to me,” he says. “I’ll know what to call it once I’m there.”

But he will put one rule into full effect: “There will be no paparazzi on my island!” he declares.

To read five more fun facts about Tyler Perry, pick up this week’s PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

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