Spike Lee Signs On To Dalio's Son's Movie

Mar 22 2012 | 12:24pm ET

Paul Dalio is a lucky man. The son of one of the world's richest and most successful hedge fund managers—and a scion of the Vanderbilt and Whitney families through his mother—the young filmmaker made his first feature-length movie last year, and married its director and star. And for his second film, Ray Dalio's son is getting some big-time help.

Legendary director Spike Lee has signed on a producer of Dalio's Mania Days, a movie about the relationship between two manic depressives, one a rapper and the other a poet. Lee rarely gets involved in a hands-on way with movies other than his own, but has awarded that honor to Dalio, a fellow graduate of New York University's film program.

While trumpeting Lee's involvement, Mania Days' production sheet didn't mention financing. It also didn't mention that its writer-director's father made $3 billion last year.

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