Spike Lee is an American born actor, producer, director, and Writer who also owns his own production company by the name ‘40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks’. Now let’s have a close look at Spike Lee’s net worth in 2018.
Spike Lee Early Life
Born in 1957 on 20th of March as Shelton Jackson Lee in Georgia to Jacqueline Carroll and William James Edward Lee, he was the eldest of all four brothers. All his brothers have been a part of films on different stages.
He went to John Dewey High School, and later to Morehouse College where he did his B.A degree in Mass Communication. This is where he made his first film, a student film by the name ‘Last Hustle in Brooklyn.’ He also went to Clark Atlanta University to pursue a film course. And did his masters in Fine Art in Film and Television from Tisch School of Arts under New York University.
He married Tonya Lewis in the year 1992 and had a daughter in 1994, followed by a son in 1997.
Spike Lee Career
Lee’s career in filmmaking had started from his college days itself when he made his first student film. After completing his graduation and masters, he started working on feature films. His film ‘She’s gotta have it’ was critically acclaimed. His next film ‘Do the Right Thing’ was released in 1989 and was also nominated for the Academy Award for ‘Best Original Screenplay.’
After the success of his initial films, he went on to write, produce, direct, and act in several films like ‘Jungle Fever,’ Summer of Sam,’ ‘Malcolm X,’ ‘Love and Basketball’, and more. He also made documentary films like ‘4 Little Girls’, which received an Oscar nomination for ‘Best Documentary Feature.’
Apart from directing films, he was also active in music video direction for popular singers like Michael Jackson, Prince, and more. Lee is one of those people who has utilized his power and influence in the best possible ways. Many of the films he made were strong statements on racism, treatment of blacks in America, gender, class, and other inequalities. Many of his films also made strong political statements receiving several award nominations.
His films showcased the stereotypes and marginalization of the blacks and paved the way for several upcoming black directors and actors. It was because of his films that actors like Denzel Washington, Samuel Jackson, Wesley Snipes, and more gained popularity and recognition.
Awards & Achievement
Lee has been nominated twice for Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Peabody Awards. The Student Academy Award was won by him for the film ‘Joe’s Bed-Study Barbershop: We Cut Heads.’ Other awards won by him include Black Movie Award for his film ‘Inside Man’ and the Black Reel Awards for the film ‘Love and Basketball.’ He has also been awarded a ‘Berlin International Film Festival for the film ‘Get on the Bus.’
Net Worth of Spike Lee
Lee has been a part of multiple films throughout his career in the form of an actor, director, or producer. He also has a production company of his own that has allowed him to have a net worth of $40 million.
Lee was one of those people who worked not just for money but also to spread awareness and give out a message. He might have made lots of money by what he did, but there were a cause and a deeper meaning attached to multiple films he made. He did great service to budding black actors and directors in Hollywood through his work. The body of work done by him today places him in the league of the extraordinary film makes who have positively affected millions of viewers through their work.