Judge Judy – Husband, Net Worth and Why People Think She is Dead

Judge Judy’s husband is Jerry Sheindlin, an American author, TV personality, jurist, and attorney. The couple have been married twice, first between 1977 and 1990 and from 1991 to date. 

Judge Judy is also an American TV personality and judge, with a net worth of $440 million. She made her wealth primarily from her award-winning court show series, Judge Judy. Judge Judy was reported to be dead after she suffered a stroke but this was a hoax as she is very much alive.

Judge Judy Net Worth: $440 Million
Born: October 21, 1942
Country of Origin: United States of America
Source of Wealth: Professional Lawyer/TV Celebrity
Last Updated: 2022

What Do We Know About Judge Judy?

Judith Susan Sheindlin was born on October 21, 1942, and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her parents, Murray and Ethel Blum are Jewish. She is the 2nd of 4 children. For her education, young Judy attended James Madison high school and later obtained a B.A from the American University in Washington D.C and then attended the New York Law School where she was the only female student in her class.

Judge Judy began her career as an attorney, serving in that capacity for 30 years. After her graduation, Judge Judy’s first job experience was in a cosmetic firm. According to her, the job did not give her the fulfillment she hoped for. Coupled with the hurdle of raising her children, Judge Judy decided to quit the job. In time, the blunt and witty judge got another job with the New York Court System. It was just a matter of time before she rose to the rank of a supervising judge in the family court’s Manhattan division.

She became a judge in 1982 and retired in 1996 after a commendable show of brilliance and passion for justice in the ruling of over 20,000 cases. Following her retirement, Judge Judy welcomed a pitch to launch a daytime court show for TV. Hence, the Judge Judy show was born.

Judge Judy is also known for her fast decision making, a property that has a signature of her court shows. However, these swift proceedings have been criticized by her co-legal practitioners, arguing that the rulings are shallow and a misrepresentation of what a proper court ruling should be.

As far as the show goes, Judge Judy insists that her motive is to afford justice for everyone. She has also stressed the need to educate people on taking responsibility for their actions.

Judge Judy has featured in some movies and on shows like CBS’ 60 minutes. In 1996, the celebrity jurist authored the book Don’t Pee on My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining. She has made a Guinness World Record for being the longest-serving judge in courtroom-themed programming history.

Who Is Judge Judy’s Husband, Judge Jerry Sheindlin?

Judge Judy’s husband is Judge Jerry Sheindlin, an American TV personality, and attorney. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Long Island University and a Law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

Jerry once served on the bench of the New York State Supreme Court and has authored two legal books – Genetic Fingerprinting: The Law and Science of DNA Evidence and Blood Trail.

Judge Judy has been married 3 times, divorced twice, a mother of 2 and a grandmother of 13. Her first marriage was to a prosecutor in a juvenile court, Ronald Levy. The marriage took place in 1964 and ended in divorce in 1976.

Together they have 2 children – Jamie and Adam who also worked as a district attorney.

A year after their divorce, Judy got married to Judge Jerry Sheindlin. The couple had their rocky patch and later split in 1990. Surprisingly, the estranged couple came back together again, tying the knot for the second time in 1991. In all, the couple has survived 40 years with each other.

Altogether, Judy has 2 biological children from her first marriage; 3 stepchildren – Jonathan, a surgeon, Greg and Nicole who are attorneys as well; and 13 grandchildren.

What is Judge Judy’s Net Worth?

Judge Judy’s net worth is $440 million as of 2024. In 2012, she was the highest-paid television personality making $123,000 with an annual income of $45 million.

By 2013, she maintained the top spot with an earning of $47 million. The syndicated court show earned her much more than her previous legal jobs did.

The Judge Judy show is still ongoing and is in its 22nd season since its kick-off in September 1996. It is the most popular and highest paying non-scripted television show followed by Jon Stewart’s Daily Show which has an earning of $30 million.

Spending the money is definitely not a problem for the granny whose ratings are at an all-time high. In 2013, she reportedly purchased an ultra-exotic condo in LA, Beverly Hills for the sum of $10.7 million. Judge Judy was spotted with her children celebrating the sales of her TV library to CBS for a whopping $95 million. Beat that!

Why Is There News Circulating About Judge Judy’s Death?

Several popular figures have been subject to a calculated and well-orchestrated death rumor like Judge Judy. The rumor mill started grinding when some online publications started carrying reports that she was dead.

It went into overdrive when someone went as far as attempting to edit her profile on Wikipedia to reinforce the falsehood.

Judge Judy is alive and well. Aside from a few health conditions in the past, the Jurist is well and is making plans to extend the running of her non-scripted show till the year 2021.

Despite suffering a stroke on the show, the courtroom celebrity says retirement from the show is not imminent except her fans and viewers think otherwise.

Seun Adeola
Seun Adeola
Seun is a CCNA certified graduate of FUTA. He has been writing on various subjects such as relationships, celebrity lifestyle, politics and religion for over 7 years, Other than writing, he enjoys movies, video games, and maintaining a love/hate relationship with Arsenal


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