Judy Sheindlin has multiple identities as her works are in various fields. Although, her fame largely rests on her performance in the show “Judge Judy”, she had also been a practising lawyer in the Family court at Manhattan. She is also an author, television producer and public personality. Now let’s have a close look at Judy Sheindlin’s net worth in 2018.
Judy Sheindlin hails from a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York City. She was born on the 21st of October, 1942. She was the second child of the four children born to her parents. Her birth name was, Judith Susan Blum. She was married to her first husband, Ronald Levy in 1964, they got divorced in 1976. She married again in 1977. Her second husband was Jerry Sheindlin. She has two biological and three stepchildren.
She graduated from James Madison High school. After finishing her schooling, she went to the American University in Washington DC. Here she got her degree in governance. And after this, she went to New York Law School from where she got her Juris Doctor degree in 1965. She passed the New York bar exam in the same year.
Initially, after passing her bar, Judy Sheindlin started practising as a corporate lawyer for a cosmetic firm but soon left because of lack of job satisfaction. She became a prosecutor in the family court system after that. In 1982, the then mayor of New York City nominated her to be a judge in the criminal court.
Later, she became the supervising family court judge where she prosecuted cases of child abuse and domestic violence. In the process, she came to be known as a very tough judge to pass. Soon her reputation brought her some fame, and she got featured in a few stories in some periodicals and Television shows. Following this, she released her book, “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s Raining” in 1996. It is in this year that she had to retire as a judge after hearing over 20,000 cases.
It was in September 16th 1996 that Judy Sheindlin’s courtroom show, “Judge Judy” was first broadcasted, which right from its inception remained a very popular show. In fact, in 2009-2010, the show was reported to have more viewers than the “Oprah Winfrey Show”.
It is because of her mass-appeal that she has become a symbol of popular culture as an authority figure. She has, therefore, been depicted in various skits and comedy shows for what she stands- ‘a strong figure’. This is mainly because of the popular perception among people about the righteousness of her decisions even above probably, the judges of the highest courts in the United States (which has been found in a result of a survey).
Awards and achievements
Judy Sheindlin has a place in the Guinness World Record for playing the part of the longest serving arbitrator in a courtroom based show. In October 2012, she was made a part of the Broadcasting and Cable’s Hall of Fame. In April 2013, she was awarded the Vice-presidency at the UCD Law Society. In 2014, she was also presented the Mary Pickford Award. “Judge Judy” has also won an Emmy for Outstanding Legal Programme.
Net Worth of Judy Sheindlin
Judy Sheindlin is known to be the highest paid personality on television. Her salary is reported to be $47 million per year. Her net worth is a whopping $370 million.
Judy Sheindlin started her career as a lawyer, but with the progress of her career in television, she became a public figure much more prominent than any of her contemporaries in the legal profession and had become almost an ultimate authoritative figure in the American social and moral life.