Who is Spike Lee and what is his net worth 2018? Spike Lee is a film director who owns the production company ‘40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks’. He is also a producer, actor, and writer. He has produced many films in his career including ‘She’s Gotta Have It’, ‘Do the Right Thing’, ‘Malcolm X’, ‘Do the Right Thing’, ‘25th Hour’, ‘Inside Man’, and ‘Chi-Raq’. With his production company, he has produced more than 35 films since its inception. As an actor, he has appeared in 10 of his own films. He has also appeared in various documentaries and has directed music videos. Lee was bestowed with the ‘Academy Honorary Award’ in 2015.
Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee was born on March 20, 1957, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born to parents William James Edward Lee III and Jacqueline Carroll. His father is a jazz music composer and his mother was a teacher. He had three other siblings named Cinque, David, and Joie. All of his siblings have worked for him in different positions. His cousin is Director Malcolm D. Lee. His mother gave him the nickname “Spike”.
Lee’s family moved to Brooklyn in New York where he attended the John Dewey High School. He then went to Morehouse College and made his first film called ‘Last Hustle in Brooklyn’. He did his graduate work at Tisch School of the Arts and earned his Master of Fine Arts in film & TV.
In 1993, Spike Lee married attorney Tonya Lewis. They have a son named Jackson born in 1997 and a daughter named Satchel born in 1994. He is a fan of New York Yankees, New York Knicks and the football club Arsenal. His family currently resides in Manhattan.
In 1991, Spike Lee used to teach about filmmaking at Harvard. In 1986, he released his first film called ‘She’s Gotta Have It’. The film was made on a budget of $175,000 and went on to gross $7 million. In 1989, he made the film ‘Do The Right Thing’. In the 1990s, he made films like ‘Mo’ Better Rules’, ‘Jungle Fever’, ‘Malcolm X’, ‘Crooklyn’, and ‘Summer of Sam’. In the 2000s, Lee made films like ‘Jim Brown: All American’, ‘She Hates Me’, and ‘Miracle Boys’. He has also directed many TV commercials including Levi’s.
Other brands that he directed are Ben & Jerry’s, Taco Bell, Jaguar, and Converse. He is also a writer and has written several of his films. In 2012, he wrote, produced, directed, and starred in the film ‘Red Hook Summer’. He directed ‘Oldboy’ and ‘Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth’ in 2013. In 2015, he became the executive producer of ‘The Girl Is in Trouble’. He also wrote, produced, and directed ‘Chi-Raq’ in the same year.
In 2016, he directed ‘Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall’. Lee has also appeared in various documentaries including ‘When We Were Kings’, ‘Hoop Dreams’, ‘Mandela in America’, and ‘Spike and Jim’.
In 2002, Spike Lee won the BAFTA award in a Special Category Award. He has won the Emmy Awards two times and the Black Reel Awards three times in his career. In 1997, he won the Berlin International Film Festival Award. He has been nominated two times for the Academy Awards. In 2003, he was conferred with the Honorary Cesar.
Spike Lee Net Worth
Spike Lee has directed a number of films and documentaries. He has also directed various music videos and documentaries. He has successfully produced more than 35 films from his production company ‘40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks’. Spike Lee’s net worth is an estimated $45 million. He owes his fortune to the box office collections of his films.
Lee has also directed TV commercials for top brands. His first film grossed $7 million in box office which was made on a budget of $175,000. In 2014, he directed the music video ‘Headlights” for Eminem. He has also directed for other artists like Michael Jackson, Bruce Hornsby, and Buckshot LeFonque.
Spike Lee has been known for his comments and controversial remarks. In 1999, he made an inflammatory comment on Charlton Heston. He has criticised director Clint Eastwood for his film ‘Flags of Our Fathers’.