What Is The Net Worth Of Lee Daniels?

Lee Daniels is an American director, producer, and writer best known for producing American romantic drama movie Monster’s Ball. Similarly, he is also recognized as the director and producer of the film, Precious.

Additionally, Lee is also known for contributing as director, producer, and writer in films like The Paperboy and The Woodsman. To date, he has received altogether six Oscar nomination for Best Director category and has won 2 of them.

As of January 2020, Lee Daniels’ net worth is estimated at $20 million. On the other hand, The Richest claims that Daniels is worth $5 million.

Income Source: Movies And TV Shows

60 years old Lee Daniels began his career as an actor appearing in the film, A Little Off Mark in 1986. Then, in 2001, he rose to the limelight after he made a debut as a producer from the American romantic drama film Monster’s Ball starring Billy Bob Thornton, Heath Ledger, Halle Berry, Sean Combs, Mos Def, Peter Boyle, and others.

After that, the multi-talented star served as producer in the movies like The Woodsman and Precious.

Likewise, his next movie, The Paperboy starred actors such as Zac Efron, Matthew McConaughey, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray, Nicole Kidman, and Scott Glenn.

American Director Lee Daniels Is Worth $20 Million
American Director Lee Daniels Is Worth $20 Million

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Some of Lee’s films earnings are listed below:

Movies Budget             Box Office Collections
Monster’s Ball $4 million $44.9 million
The Woodsman $2.5 million $4.7 million
Precious $10 million $63.6 million
The Butler $30 million $176.6 million

Besides the big screen, Daniels has also worked on the television. Since 2015, he has been serving as the co-creator, executive producer, director, and writer on American musical drama TV series, Empire.

Also, from 2016 to 2019, he also worked in the television show, Star. Furthermore, the director also appeared in movies, My Big Break, and The Black List: Volume 3.

Supports The Human Rights Campaign

5 feet 11 inches tall star Lee is an active supporter of the Human Rights Campaign. This foundation aims to the equality of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Like Daniels, the stars such as Mark Ruffalo, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, and P!nk also supports this organization.

Moreover, the producer also donates to charitable foundations like Oxfam, Oceana, and The Humane Society. Similarly, celebrities like Hillary Clinton, Kristin Davis, Paul Haggis, and Pierce Brosnan also supports these organizations.

Owns Lavish House In Beverly Hills

Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels has Coldwater Canyon coloured house in Beverly Hills, California, United States. His mansion features four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.

Lee Daniels' Beverly Hills House
Lee Daniels’ Beverly Hills House

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Lee has not revealed the worth of his villa, however, it might not be less than a million. Usually, a house in California costs $440,000.

Cousin Of Drag Performer Honey Davenport

Lee Daniels was born Lee Louis Daniels on December 24, 1959, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. His mother is Clara Watson and his father William Daniels is a police officer.

Lee Daniels' cousin, Honey Davenport
Lee Daniels’ cousin, Honey Davenport

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The writer has a sibling, a sister named Leah Daniels who is a casting director. Besides that, he is a cousin of a drag performer, James Heath-Clark professionally known as Honey Davenport.

In 1978, Lee graduated from Radnor High School. Later, he attended Lindenwood University.

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Personal Life

Two-time Oscar-winning director Lee Daniels is openly gay; however, in the interview of 2015, revealed that he and actor Jussie Smollett are sexually fluid. He stated:

Jussie and I both share the same feeling that, yes, even though we are gay, we’re sexual human beings…And we do occasionally want to sleep with a woman. [Laughs] Maybe once every 10 or 15 years, but it happens! And there are a lot of people who don’t want to hear about that. It’s such a complicated conversation. It’s not necessarily the body one is attracted to. You can be sexually attracted to the spirit, the energy, the life force in another person. We’re showing life on Empire, and I won’t apologize for it.

According to some online sources, Daniels is currently dating Jahil Fisher. He was previously dating a casting director Billy Hopkins.

Lee Daniels and his children
Lee Daniels and his children

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During that time, the former couple adopted two children, a son, Liam Daniels, and the daughter, Clara Daniels. Both of the children are also biological nephew and niece of Lee.


On September 16, 2015, Outspoken director Lee was asked about actor Terrence Howard who had revealed abusing his wife physically. In response to that, Daniels compared Howard’s case with Sean Penn stating: “Howard hasn’t done anything that Sean Penn hasn’t done.”      

A week later, after the statement, Penn sued a defamation lawsuit against Lee asking $10 million. In the same month, Daniels apologized to Sean for his statement, hence, Penn dropped the lawsuit.