About Judge Judy
Judge Judy, real name Judith Sheindlin, is American television host, judge, lawyer and book author. She is best known for her reality series Judge Judy, which has been syndicated since 1996. Judith has been working in family court (an organ convened to decide matters and make orders in relation to family law, such as custody of children) since she finished her education in 1965. In early 1990s she became widely known as a woman dedicated to improve a quality of court system in the US. Judge Judy net worth is currently estimated at $90 million. As for the year 2012 Judith’s annual salary was $45 million, making her the highest paid television personality. During nearly two decades on air Judith Judy was nominated for Daytime Emmy Award 13 times.
Judith was born in New York in 1942. Her grandparents from her father’s side were both immigrants from Ukraine and Russia. Judith has described her father as one of the greatest men she has ever met and her mother as a simple, straightforward woman. Judith graduated from James Madison High School and majored in government in American university.
She later went on to study in Washington School of Law, were 125 out of 126 students in class were man. Finally Judith earned a Juris Doctor degree at New York Law School in 1965. When studies were over Sheindlin started working at the cosmetics firm as a corporate lawyer. Judy did not find this job to be particularly challenging or meaningful; neither had it made a significant contribution to Judge Judy net worth.
She left the job and decided to stay at home raising her two kids for a while. However, it was not long before she assumed a position of prosecutor in family court. She was eventually promoted to the position of supervising judge. In the early 90s Judith became widely known as a tough professional, distinctly fast in making her decisions and committed to implementing them. She became nationally recognized in 1993, when Los Angeles Times published an article about her and TV show 60 Minutes syndicated reportage on her life. This recognition encouraged Judy to publish her own book, entitled Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining. The book was released in 1996 and was quite successful, adding a considerable sum to Judge Judy net worth.
Soon after her retirement in 1996 TV producers offered her to host a reality series that would concentrate on real family court cases. Judith agreed and the show entitled Judith Judy appeared on the screens the same year. Since the day it was aired for the first time her show remains one of the most popular TV programs on daytime television and there is no doubt that its success depends on the charming personality of Judith. This fact goes a long way to explain why she is paid $45 per year and why Judge Judy net worth is currently estimated at $90 million.