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Judy Sheindlin, better known to the world as Judge Judy, is truly a force to be reckoned with. Her eponymous showJudge Judy, has been a staple of daytime TV for an astonishing 25 years, and her swift justice and no-nonsense attitude has been garnering respect, fandom, and viral videos across generational and geographical divides. 

Through it all, Sheindlin has amassed a fortune, and she’s been smartly looking at her future to make sure that her investments pay off for the long-term for her and her family. 

Judge Judy makes sure she gets fair pay for her work

Judge Judy Sheindlin
Judge Judy Sheindlin | Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images

It’s clear to anyone watching Judge Judy that it is Sheindlin’s quick wit and biting persona that make the show as popular as it is. Sheindlin knows her worth, and she has made sure that she is getting a fair portion of the money her show brings in for the network CBS. Sheindlin earns a staggering $47 million a year, making her the highest-paid TV personality. 

She negotiated the terms of her current contract in 2015, and that immense paycheck is for just 52 days of work each year. In addition to her payment for ongoing performances, she also recognized the immense value of her show as reruns.

Armed with that knowledge, she negotiated a deal with CBS and sold her library of episodes to the network for $95 million. While that deal landed Sheindlin in some legal hot water when former producers wanted their cut of the profits, she ultimately came out ahead. 

Sheindlin has had to face a tough road as a woman in the legal field, and in many ways her public performance of her legal credentials has been groundbreaking. When she earned her J.D. from New York Law School in 1965, she was the only woman in a class of 126 students.

Perhaps it is this path to success that helped her hone her famous tough stance, and it has certainly taught her how to fight for her fair share. 

Judge Judy is looking to the future as her show winds down

Sheindlin announced that the end of an era is drawing to a close. The final episodes of her show will be airing in 2021, and the gavel will drop on the 25-year run of TV’s most famous judge.

However, this is not going to be the end of Sheindlin’s public performances. While it may seem that the judge has earned herself a nice, quiet retirement, she insists that she’s “not tired” and has big plans for the future. 

While she remained tight-lipped about what, exactly, fans could expect from the show, she did tease new programming called Judy Justice. We can expect to see it sometime in 2022 and will have to stay tuned to see what Sheindlin has in store. 

Judge Judy has also been investing her fortune

While she may be continuing her work in new ventures, she has also been making calculated investments that ensure her money is well positioned. She has an estimated net worth of $440 million, and she is careful to spread her investments around.  

A lot of those investments are tied up in real estate. She and her husband, Jerry Sheindlin, spend most of their time in their $8.6 million Florida mansion. However, the couple also has homes in Connecticut, California, and Rhode Island.

She is also not above pampering herself and works out using her membership at the Ritz-Carlton. On top of that, she rarely flies commercial and depends on private jets to get her from mansion to mansion. 

Sheindlin has worked hard for many years to amass a devoted fan base and dole out justice for the world to see. While it might be tempting for her to step back and rest on the fruits of those labors (she is, after all, 77 years old), she seems full of energy and ready to take on a whole new endeavor.

In the meantime, the fortune she’s earned seems to be managed well to ensure she’ll live the rest of her life in comfort and luxury.