I may only be 24, but there’s nothing in this world that can accurately explain my undying love for Judge Judith Sheindlin. And before you ask, yes—I know her iconic television show, Judge Judy, has basically been on the air forever. But even though I had no idea what the hell she was talking about when I saw her on TV as a kid, the Libra in me recognized the Libra in her, and it was love at first watch.
Of course, I’m not the only Judge Judy stan in the world—people out here seriously love Judith, so much so that she’s been able to churn out 24 TV seasons and one of the best careers in daytime television. Like, did you know that episodes of Judge Judy average roughly 9 to 10 million viewers a day? Or that Judge Judy is the most-watched TV court show ever? Or that Judy’s the highest-paid personality on TV? Welp, now you do.
As we say a sad sayonara to Judge Judy, which is coming to an end once its 25th season wraps up, allow me to break down just how filthy rich this show has made her.
Let’s Dive Into How Much Moolah Judge Judy Raked In
With 25 seasons of a popular show under her belt, Judy’s obviously iced out. Apparently, Judy earns a whopping $47 million per year through her annual contract with CBS.
But here’s the catch: Judy actually only works 52 days out of the 365 days in a year (wow, I’m jelly), so if you do the math, that means that Judy’s making $900,000 A DAY. Truly wild!
Oh, and that’s not all—Judy also signed a massive deal with CBS that earned her $95 to $100 million for selling the total 5,200 hours of Judge Judy programming to the network. You know, just a small fortune!
Did You Know Judy Has Her Own Production Company?
Since Judy is a businesswoman above all, she knows that that to keep making money in television, she has to be investing in television. Enter: Queen Bee Productions (not Beyoncé related, sorry!). Under Queen Bee, Judy produced another court show called Hot Bench, which has amassed 3 million viewers. With that kind of audience, it’s likely that Judy’s making even more cash on top of what she makes from her own program.
Holy Sh*t, Judy Has So Many Damn Real Estate Properties
Judy’s real estate portfolio is STACKED. Judy owns at least six different homes across the United States. Judy owns two homes in Naples, Florida, that are worth $13 million and $11 million dollars each. There’s also Judy and her husband Jerry’s 9-bedroom mansion in Greenwich, Connecticut, that they purchased in 2007 for $13.2 million, their 5-bedroom Beverly Hills condo they bought for $10.7 million in 2013, and the New York City apartment they purchased for $8.5 million. I guess four homes on the east coast simply isn’t enough though, because Judy and Jerry also spent another $9 million on a Newport, Rhode Island, mansion. Just because.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Judy’s real estate properties are likely valued at $100 million when you factor in appreciating home values and changes in the real estate market.
She’s Got Another TV Show on the Way
When Judy announced that Judge Judy will be completing its run, she left us with a nugget of hope. She won’t be retiring from television for good—instead, she’s getting a whole new show!
"I've had a 25-yearlong marriage with CBS [Television Distribution, which distributes the show], and it’s been successful,” Judy said. “Next year will be our 25th season, silver anniversary, and CBS sort of felt, I think, they wanted to optimally utilize the repeats of my program,” she said on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. “Because now they have 25 years of reruns. So what they decided to do was to sell a couple of years’ worth of reruns. But I’m not tired, so Judy Justice will be coming out a year later."
No word yet on how much Judy Justice will pay, but if Judy’s contract with CBS is an indicator of her salary potential, it’s going to be huge payday.
So...What’s Her Net Worth?
Celebrity Net Worth claims that Judge Judy’s net worth is approximately $420 million...for now. Just to put that in context for ya, that means she has about $100 million less to her name than Queen Elizabeth, literal monarch, does. TBH, that is fair. Judy is daytime television royalty in her own right.
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