Spike Jonze is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, photographer, and actor. While some filmmakers avoid controversies like the plague for fear of the blowback torpedoing their credibility and their very careers, Jonze has a penchant for the bold and the bawdy — more often than not to his own detriment.

That is never more apparent than in his antithetical, almost schizophrenic, body of work: he has directed such indie cult classics as Being John Malkovich and the poignant and profound drama, Her, while also being credited with creating the wholly nonsensical and utterly ludicrous Jackass franchise.

Is Spike Jonze a visionary? Is he a madman? Or is he a combination of both? We’ll let you be the judges of that, but one thing is for certain: Spike Jonze is a veritable multi-millionaire!

How Much Is The Net Worth Of Spike Jonze?

As of 2023, Spike Jonze’s net worth stands at $50 million. His annual salary is estimated at $1 million. 

Spike has amassed a prodigious resume as a photographer, a filmmaker, and an occasional actor.

Spike started his career photographing BMX demos in Bethesda, Maryland before he was offered to work as a photographer for  Freestylin’ Magazine.

He moved to California, and his career took off. He co-founded the youth culture magazine Dirt, and he quickly transitioned to videography. He started making skateboarding movies and co-founded the skateboarding company, Girl Skateboards.

His cinematography quickly caught the eye of musicians, and he quickly started directing music videos.

He made his feature film directorial debut in the 1999 fantasy-comedy movie, Being John Malkovich, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Director in his debut effort. His sophomore effort, Adaptation, also became a cult-classic and earned four Academy Award nominations.

Spike Jonze accepting his Academy Award for Best Director for 2013's Her
Spike Jonze accepting his Academy Award for Best Director for 2013’s Her
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He went on to win his first Academy Award in the Best Director category for the 2013 sci-fi-romantic-drama, Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson.

Jonze has also appeared in front of the camera, and his acting credits include roles in such movies as Three Kings, Moneyball, and The Wolf of Wall Street. 

Completely out of character, Jonze is also credited as the co-creator and executive producer of the comedy franchise Jackass. The movie series featured real people engaging in grotesque and salacious acts. The movie was largely panned by critics but has gained cult status due to its sensationalism.

Jonze has also directed commercials for products and brands like Apple, Nike, Levi’s, Sprite, Adidas, and GAP, to name a few.       

Box Office Earnings

Below are box-office figures of some of Spike Jonze’s most commercially-successful movies:

Movie Title Budget (In $) Earnings (In $)
Being John Malkovich (1999) 13 million 32.4 million
Jackass: The Movie (2002) 5 million 79.5 million
Adaptation. (2002) 19 million 32.8 million
Jackass Number Two (2006) 11.5 million 84.6 million
Jackass 3D (2010) 20 million 171.7 million
Her (2013) 23 million 48.3 million
Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa (2013) 15 million 151.8 million

Lavish Houses

In June 2018, Spike added a mid-century Malibu beach house to his portfolio of high-end real estate.

The 1,965 square-foot ranch-style home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.  The house, which reportedly cost Jonze $5.85 million, resides in the gated community of Malibu, California, with access to Point Dume’s private beaches.

The house itself is a vintage mid-1950s residence with ceramic floor tiles, exposed-wood ceiling, and a brick fireplace.

The open kitchen is separated from the dining quarters by a peninsula countertop and features state-of-the-art appliances.ula countertop and features state-of-the-art appliances.

The indoors view of Spike Jonze's Malibu beach house
The indoors view of Spike Jonze’s Malibu beach house
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The kitchen leads way to a living den that is separated from the courtyard terrace via glass sliders.

Elsewhere are the two guest bedrooms that share a bathroom and the master bedroom with an en-suite master bath. Outdoors, there is a detached three-car garage.

His real-estate catalog also consists of the Los Angeles home he shared with his ex-wife, Sofia Coppola. He bought the property in 1997 for $1.125 million.

He also owns a 2,590-square-foot condo in Manhattan’s Lower East Side that he bought in 2006 for $2.65 million.

Early Life And Childhood

Before he adopted the pseudonym Spike Jonze and became a world-renowned filmmaker, he was Adam Spiegel, the son of Arthur H. Spiegel III and Sandra L. Granzow.

Born on October 22, 1969, Adam was one of three children born to his parents. Among his two siblings, is his brother, Sam “Squeak E. Clean” Spiegel, a DJ, music producer, and composer.

Adam spent most of his childhood in Bethesda, Maryland, living with his mother and siblings when his parents divorced.

It was BMX riding through the streets of Bethesda and working at the Rockville BMX store in Rockville, Maryland, that his love for photography flourished. His work on photographing BMX demos caught the editors for Freestylin’ Magazine, who offered him a job.

Adam jumped at the chance and relocated to California to chase the bright lights of Hollywood.

Personal Life, Relationships, And Marriage

Spike was married to Sofia Coppola, the daughter of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, from 1999 to 2003.

They first met in 1992 while shooting for Sonic Youth‘s music video for the song “100%“. They dated for seven years before tying the knot on June 26, 1999.

Spike Jonze with ex-wife Sofia Coppola
Spike Jonze with ex-wife Sofia Coppola
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On December 5, 2003, they jointly filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences”. Their divorce was finalized days later, on December 9, 2003.

Spike has not remarried since then, but he hasn’t remained celibate either — fat from it, in fact. He has been in numerous relationships throughout the years since his divorce.

He dated the musician Karen O throughout 2005 but broke up shortly thereafter. He was also in a relationship with actress Drew Barrymore in 2007, but their relationship went nowhere.

He also dated actress Michelle Williams shortly after her divorce with actor Heath Ledger. They made it work for two years before they called it quit in September 2009.

He was also rumored to be in a live-in relationship with the Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi, but they have since broken up.