If you need any hints to guess who Judge Judy is, then here it is. She is the lady you might have seen on television several times sitting on a chair wearing a white lace collar passing judgments with a good dose of humor. Yes, she is Judith Sheindlin, also famously known as Judge Judy, who’s an epic TV celebrity with a jaw-dropping salary.
So how exactly did she get so successful? Want to know all about the massive net worth of Judge Judy in 2018? Let us find out.
Early Life & Biography:
Judge Judy was born into a Jewish family of Germans in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. She is the 2nd eldest among her 4 siblings. Her real name is Judith Susan Blum. Born on October 21st, 1942 she is presently 75 years old. Judge Judy attended school in Brooklyn named the James Madison High School and later graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from American University in Washington, D.C.
In 1964, Judge Judy got married to Ronald Levy, and in 1965, she received her Juris Doctor Degree from New York Law School. Judy also holds Honorary Doctorates of Law from Elizabethtown College and the University at Albany. Judge Judy and Ronald had two children named Jamie and Adam, and later the couple got divorced in 1976. Judy got married to Judge Jerry in 1977 and has 3 stepchildren named Gregory, Jonathan, and Nicole. Judy supports marriage between same sex.
Career, Awards, & Nominations:
Judith Sheindlin got hired as a corporate lawyer in a cosmetics firm after passing the New York State Bar Exam. After 2 years, exhausted by the job, she left it and focused on raising her two children. In 1982, she landed a job in the family court’s Manhattan division as a criminal court judge because of her fast decision making, caustic humor and no-nonsense attitude which impressed New York Mayor, Ed Koch. She was promoted to supervising judge after 4 years.
Later her incredible reputation preceded her wherever she went, and she even got national recognition with her books ‘Don’t Pee on my Legs’ and ‘Tell Me it’s Raining’ which were written and published in 1996. She retired after hearing 20,000 cases the same year, but that never stopped her from being a center of attention for the public. Soon she was offered a role to play in a new reality courtroom series. She accepted the offer for the show which debuted in September 16th, 1996. The show’s motive was to inspire, advice or motivate people to the right things and to know that every individual is responsible for their own actions. It is the no. 1 rated court show ever since.
Judge Judy earned various awards like the Hollywood Walk of fame, an induction into the Broadcasting & Cable’s Hall of Fame, the vice presidency of the UCD Law Society, the Gracie Allen Tribute Award, the Mary Pickford Award by the Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation at the 2014 Heroes of Hollywood and many more.
Net Worth & Earnings:
Judge Judy’s salary was $15 million per year in 2005. Her net worth was $97 million in 2007 which made her rank at no. 13 in the Forbes’ Top 20 Richest Women in Entertainment list. Her contract was renewed in 2010 which made her salary increase to $45 million per year for the ‘Judge Judy’ show. Her net worth currently stands at $450 million with her contract all set to be renewed in 2020. The average daily viewers for her show are 10.3 million. No wonder she is amongst the top richest celebrities.
Judy can’t stand stupid, and she can’t stand slow. Despite being blunt, impatient and a tough talker she became immensely successful and wealthy. That’s because she got her humor from her father and jokes apart she has worked hard for it. Being a judge is no piece of cake, and that is why Judge Judy leaves an impression on everyone’s heart.