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Spike Lee Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How Much is Spike Lee Worth? $40 million

How Spike Lee earn his money and wealth?

Spike Lee, born on March 20, 1957, is an American film director, producer, writer, and actor. Till now he has produced over 35 movies since 1983 through his production company, 40 Acres, and a Mule Filmworks. Spike Lee came from the educational and artistic background and he derived his artistic skills from his father, as his father was a musician. Spike Lee had a passion for movies since childhood and he always wants to do something different. He has given many hit movies through his production house and even acted in those movies. In 1986, he made his debut in the world of direction with She’s Gotta Have It  and has since directed many hit films including Do the Right Thing (1989), Malcolm X (1992), The Original Kings of Comedy (2000), 25th Hour (2002), Inside Man (2006), and Chi-Raq (2015).  Lee not only directed but has acted in some of his own films.

Lee’s film, Joe’s Bed-Stuy Barbershop: We Cut Heads, was his first student film to be featured at New Films Festival. Lee’s movie Do the Right Thing was a hit and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. But many other celebrities believed that this movie also deserved to be there in Best Picture nomination category. His documentary 4 Little Girls, released in 1997 which is about the children killed in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, 1963 was nominated for the Best Feature Documentary Academy Award.

Lee’s house may be full of trophies and awards for his outstanding work in the field of direction. Lee was awarded the San Francisco Film Society’s Directing Award on May 2, 2007, at the 50th San Francisco International Film Festival. In the year 2008, he received the Wexner Award. He is also the winner of two Emmy Awards, a BAFTA, Honorary César and the Gish Prize. He also has two Peabody Awards to his credit. He has received two nominations for an Academy Award.

In 2013, he won, one of the richest prizes in the American Arts, The Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize. The worth of the prize was $3000, 000. In 2015, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded him an Academy Honorary Award for his contribution and outstanding work in the movies. Lee not only produced and directed movies but also contributed to video games. He is the director, producer and the writer of the MyCareer story mode in the video game NBA 2K16.

In 1992, Lee met his dream girl, Attorney Tonya Lewis and both were married in 1993 in New York. The couple has one daughter, Satchel, and a son, Jackson, born in 1994 and 1997 respectively.

What are the highest grossing movies of Spike Lee?

  1.    She’s Gotta Have It  (1986): $24.8 Million
  2.    Do The Right Thing (1989): $43.8 Million
  3.    Jungle Fever (1991): $2.7 Million
  4.    Malcolm X (1992): $48.2 Million
  5.    25th Hour (2002): $23.9 Million
  6.    Inside Man (2006): $184.4 million

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