1. Biography

Lee Daniels is an actor, producer and director who was born on December 24, 1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Clara Watson and William Daniels. He has two sisters, Joyce and Leah, as well as four brothers. Daniels and his partner, Billy Hopkins, adopted Daniels’ nieces, but the couple later separated.

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2. Income & Salary

After graduating from Lindenwood University in the early 1980’s, he began a nursing agency before selling the firm. At that point, he began his entertainment career as a manager and casting director. Eventually, he began his own production company and went on to produce a number of award-winning films like Monster’s Ball and Precious before directing the 2013 film, the Butler. For Precious, Butler was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, while the movie was nominated for Best Picture, though neither nomination resulted in a victory. That film was made on a budget of $30 million, but went on to gross more than $100 million. Daniels then created the Fox television series, Empire, which premiered in January 2015, and became a huge hit for the network. Daniels co-wrote and directed the pilot episode.

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3. Estimated Net Worth

Daniels’ estimated net worth of $5 million, much of that due to the success of his films and the show, Empire. In the latter case, Daniels has been sued for $1 billion by an man named Ron Newt, who claims that the storyline for the show was a copy of his life. There’s no indication if the lawsuit has been judged to have any merit.

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