KEY POINTS

  • Spike Lee has an estimated net worth of $40 million
  • He claims he will not watch New York Knicks home games anymore
  • Lee directed "BlacKkKlansman" which earned $87 million worldwide last year

Spike Lee is one of the biggest fans of the NBA, specifically the New York Knicks. He has been a season ticket holder for the longest time. So just how much money does the acclaimed director have?

Lee, a diehard supporter of the Knicks, has been a season ticket holder for 28 years. With New York considered as the mecca of basketball, ticket prices do not come cheap. Sportscasting estimated that Lee has spent around $10 million buying home game tickets for almost three decades. Fortunately, the Academy Award-winning director has made millions from his movies and ventures. More than enough to fund his passion.

Born Shelton Jackson Lee, Spike Lee lives in a 9000 square foot townhouse in a super exclusive area in New York. Celebrity Net Worth estimates Spike Lee's net worth to be around $40 million. When not directing or watching the Knicks in home games, Lee busies himself attending to his massive property in Martha's Vineyard. He owns a mansion there that is worth around $4 million.

Among Lee's most notable films are "Malcom X," "Red Hook Summer" and "She's Gotta Have It." Aside from directing, he is also a famed producer. His production company called "Forty Acres and a Mule" was responsible for producing ads for Super Bowls and has collaborated with Nike, Eckō Unltd., Lay’s, Converse, Taco Bell, Ben & Jerry's and Brooklyn Denim.

Spike Lee U.S. director Spike Lee ion the Oscars red carpet. Photo: AFP/Robyn Beck

Despite being the Knicks' biggest fan, a video has been circulating online showing the "BlacKkKlansman" director being denied entrance to the Madison Square Garden, the home of the Knicks. Lee was seen having an argument with a personnel.

Lee’s presence on the MSG sidelines cannot be missed. He is often wearing Knicks jerseys and merchandise from head to toe. He has been a fixture in home games of New York despite the team's subpar outing in recent years. The team last made the playoffs in 2013.

According to the Knicks, Lee was being requested to pass through the VIP entrance, and not the through the employee and PWD entrance. The team's statement clarified that Lee was welcome to use the VIP entrance anytime he wanted to, it added. Despite this clarification, and because of the commotion, Lee has vowed not to watch a Knicks game live in the Madison Square Garden this season.