How Much Money Does Judge Judy Make: At a California appeals court, CBS has again prevailed over the talent agent who felt Judge Judy Sheindlin’s $47 million yearly pay was funny business.
The complaint came from Richard Lawrence’s Rebel Entertainment Partners, the successor-in-interest to the firm that initially packaged Judge Judy. For the agency’s efforts, Lawrence was permanently entitled to 5 percent of Judge Judy‘s net earnings, and moreover, there would be no deductions for monies paid to other profit participants.
As consequence, Sheindlin’s substantial pay aroused dissatisfaction. Was she receiving pay in lieu of earnings in order to screw Lawrence? An accounting expert said that a decade ago, other top TV personalities like Jay Leno and David Letterman were earning no more than $28 million yearly and therefore anything beyond this amount was a disguised profit payment.
The action prompted Sheindlin to explain herself in a Hall of Fame-worthy deposition, and the trial judge finally came to the judgment of no ill faith in the payment amount as Sheindlin had CBS over a barrel.
She probably won’t ever leave your TV screen, though – CBS acquired her whole series archive for $100 million in 2017, and her repeats may very well continue in perpetuity. She also has plans for a new television program — “Judy Justice” — after “Judge Judy” finishes, though precise information about the future project has yet to be released.
Sheindlin is considered one of the highest-paid ladies in daytime television – she took in $47 million per year for just 52 days of filming. Forbes assessed her net worth to be $440 million in June 2019, making her one of the richest self-made women in America.
She lives mostly in Naples, Florida, with her husband and spends her wealth on real estate and memberships at the Ritz-Carlton, according to the New York Times.
A spokesperson for Sheindlin didn’t immediately reply to a request for comment on her net worth or personal life from Business Insider.