Judge Judy Net Worth
Judge Judy has an estimated net worth of $440 million. Judge Judy is best known as a no-nonsense courtroom presence on the long-running television show ‘Judge Judy.’ She earns most of her income from television shows.
Judge Judy was the only woman in a class of 126 students at American University’s Washington College of Law, before finishing her law degree at New York Law School. New York City Mayor Ed Koch appointed her a judge in 1982, and she was profiled for her hard-hitting courtroom tactics on 60 Minutes in 1993. Her popular, long-running daytime show, Judge Judy, first appeared nationally in 1996.
To calculate the net worth of Judge Judy, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:
|Net Worth:||$440 Million|
|Monthly Income:||$2 Million+|
|Annual Salary:||$30 Million per year|
|Source of Wealth:||Professional Lawyer/TV Celebrity|
On October 21, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, Judith Susan Blum was born. She graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. in 1963. She continued her studies at American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was the only female student among 126. Judy earned her law degree at New York Law School in New York City, where she moved in 1964 with her first husband.
Judy earned her law degree, passed the New York bar exam, and began working as a corporate lawyer for a cosmetics company in 1965. She left her job as a corporate lawyer after only two years to raise her two children, Jamie and Adam.
In 1972, a law school friend informed her of a job opening in the New York courts. She accepted the position and soon found herself as a prosecutor in the family court system. Judy handled cases involving juvenile crime, domestic violence, and child abuse. She quickly established herself as a sharp, no-nonsense lawyer.
Judy’s professional success, however, came at a high personal cost. After 12 years of marriage, she divorced her first husband in 1976. She struggled to be present for her children while dealing with a heavy workload of emotionally draining family court cases.
Judy met attorney Jerry Sheindlin three months after her divorce. In 1978, they married.
Appointment as Judge
Judith Sheindlin’s growing reputation for assertiveness prompted Mayor Ed Koch to appoint her as a family court judge in 1982. As a judge, she continued to mix sympathy for the underdog with scorn for those who were arrogant or devious. She was promoted to supervising judge in the Manhattan division of the family court four years later.
Judy’s father, Murray Blum, died in 1990 at the age of 70, and his death had a significant impact on her marriage to Jerry. Judy and Jerry divorced, but a year later, feeling the pull of family ties (aside from her two children and his three, they now had two grandchildren) and loneliness, they remarried. Following that, she firmly settled into a renewed mission to dispense justice firmly and fairly.
Sheindlin was profiled in the Los Angeles Times in February 1993 as a kind of hard-hitting legal super-heroine determined to make the courts work for the common good. The New York Times article was quickly followed by a profile on CBS’s 60 Minutes. Following her appearance on 60 Minutes, Judy’s agent approached Larry Lyttle, president of Big Ticket Television, with the idea of producing a courtroom television show. Lyttle agreed, and the show’s pilot was shot.
Sheindlin retired in 1996 after 25 years of practice in family court and hearing over 20,000 cases. But, as her fame spread through the media, a whole new incarnation of the straight-talking judge was about to emerge.
Judge Judy debuted in national syndication in September 1996. The show quickly became a smashing success, thanks in large part to Sheindlin’s magnetic personality. Judge Judy took the top spot for syndicated shows in February 1999. She even began to outperform Oprah in some major markets, such as New York. By August 1999, the show had reached a weekly audience of approximately 7 million people.
Judge Judy’s success spawned a slew of other daytime court shows, including Judge Joe Brown, Judge Hatchett, and Judge Mathis. Judge Judy is one of the most popular shows on daytime television, with over 10 million viewers each day.
Sheindlin stated on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in March 2020 that Judge Judy would stop taping new episodes after its 25th season and that a new show was in the works.
In 1996, Sheindlin released the straightforward Don’t Pee On My Leg, and Tell Me It’s Raining. Since then, she has written several more books, including the New York Times best-seller Beauty Fades, Dumb is Forever (1999), Win or Lose by How You Choose (2000), and What Would Judy Say? Be the protagonist of your own story (2014).
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