Judith Susan Sheindlin, to the public known as either Judith Susan Blum or Judge Judy, is a famous American judge, television personality, author, as well as a lawyer. Judge Judy is perhaps best known for a reality court show entitled “Judge Judy”. The show first premiered in 1996 and ever since then has gained enormous popularity and a large following. Over the years, the show has increased its ratings and, as a result, has been on air for eighteen seasons so far. An award-winning show, “Judge Judy” has been nominated for Daytime Emmy Awards for fourteen years in a row, yet it did not succeed at winning the award until 2013. Even though the show maintains high ratings and enjoys success among its audience, it did not manage to avoid controversies, as some of the cases shown on “Judge Judy” were deemed to be fake and contrived.
Judge Judy Net Worth $250 Million
A famous lawyer and television personality, how rich is Judge Judy? In 2005, Judge Judy’s annual salary amounted to $25 million, while two years later, in 2007, it rose to $30 million. Ever since 2008, Judge Judy’s annual salary was a stable $45 million. In regards to her total wealth, Judge Judy’s net worth is estimated to be $200 million. Undoubtedly, the majority of Judge Judy’s net worth and wealth came from her television appearances.
Judith Susan Blum was born in 1942, in Brooklyn, New York, where she studied at James Madison High School, and then continued her studies at the American University of Washington, where she earned a degree in government. Blum’s career in government started in 1965 after she finished a bar examination created to determine whether or not a candidate is qualified to practice law. Prior to her big breakthrough on television, Judith Sheindlin worked as a corporate lawyer and a criminal court judge, until she landed a job as a supervising judge. Even before her on screen appearances, Sheindlin made it to the “Los Angeles Times” magazine and then appeared on the television news magazine entitled “60 Minutes”. Such media exposure led her to become a well-recognized face in the industry, as well as inspired the release of her very first book called “Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining”, which was published in 1996.
Soon after that, Sheindlin retired from her position as a family court judge, and instead went on to create the popular television series “Judge Judy”, after which she became known not as Judith Sheindlin but Judge Judy. The popularity of the show brought her many honors and accolades, the most significant of which is perhaps a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame that she received in 2006. In addition to appearing on “Judge Judy”, Judy Sheindlin has been a guest on such shows as “Saturday Night Live”, “Larry King Live” with Larry King, “The Tonight Show”, “The View” and many more.
Currently, Judy Sheindlin is working on the new, upcoming reality court show entitled “Hot Bench”, which is scheduled to come on air in 2014.
Ranked #13 by Forbes.com's list of The Richest 20 Women In Entertainment.
Is the most famous court show judge in television. Where other court shows have ended or failed, Judy's is the only one to last over ten years and still going strong. As a result, her popularity has grown, as well as her large fan base, and Judy has achieved celebrity status. Original The People's Court (1981)'s first judge, Joseph Wapner's was very popular, until Wapner retired, in 1993, lasting at-least eleven years. Wapner then was a temporary animal court Judge, of Animal Court (1998), in 1998.
Her $100 million, four-year contract, signed in 2004, makes her one of the highest-paid women in television.(Forbes.com).
Before she had her own show, she was the feature subject of an article in the Los Angeles Times that led to a report widely seen on 60 Minutes (1968).
Is the best-selling author of 4 books, "Don't Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining," released in September 1996, "Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever," released in January 1999, "Win or Lose By How You Choose," a children's book released in February 2000, and "Keep it Simple, Stupid" released in July 2000.
Graduated at American University in Washington, D.C., in 1963.
After 25 years of working as a prosecutor dealing with juvenile delinquents, she retired and began her show, Judge Judy (1996), which debuted in 1996, was slow to start, but became a success.
Graduated from Madison James High School in Brooklyn at age 17 in just 3 1/2 years and was accepted at Washington University.
Graduated first in her class from New York Law School.
Mother of 5 children: Gregory, Jamie Hartwright, Jonathan, Adam Levy and Nicole. Grandmother of, at-least, 11 grandchildren, so far.
She is a former Manhattan County court judge.
Father was a dentist. Graduated from New York Law School in 1965. Former cosmetics firm lawyer. She proposed to husband Jerry. She and Jerry performed the marriage ceremonies of all 4 of their married children (one son is still bachelor). She divorced Jerry in 1990, and remarried him a year later, reportedly because she was grieving from her father's death and needed time to herself.
Quick-speaking Judge & almost as fast as an auctioneer
[2016, when asked if she would run with Donald Trump as Vice President on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2015)] It would be nice if he had somebody who had good experience with government to act as a running mate. That would seem logical to me, and quite frankly, I don't. I know the family court, and I know my little television courtroom, and I'm too old, and I don't like to work so hard...and it doesn't pay enough.
[on California's approval of Prop 8, which denies gay marriage] We've got a lot of trouble in this country. We've got a lot of trouble in the world. Why the state should be interested in proscribing the word marriage from two people who love each other, who are responsible, tax-paying, productive people, who have created a family ... why the state would have an interest in proscribing that kind of conduct, I don't understand. I understand the anger about poverty. I understand the anger about AIG. I understand the problem about the banks. I understand the problem about Afghanistan and the Taliban and everything else. But I don't understand the preoccupation with gays being permitted to marry.
In our country, indigent people are given free legal counsel. That is fine and good, but nowhere in the Constitution does it say that you are entitled to a free ride.
Lawyers are always asking me if I will cut some slack for their clients. My standard answer is this is not Let's Make a Deal (1963).
My personal belief is that we have to get kids' attention, and fast. A period on a chilly upstate facility can be a great attitude adjuster.