Everyone's favourite hard-talking courtroom queen, Judge Judith Sheindlin, is the highest-paid woman on US television, with an estimated net worth of $622 million (US$$440m).
The famous judge earned a whopping $67 million (US$47m) a year on her iconic show Judge Judy, and with her new show Judy Justice now on streaming platform IMDb TV, Sheindlin – and her earnings – aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
With that kind of accumulated wealth, Judge Judy has secured investments to ensure she remains well positioned long after her final episode airs.
Of course, that includes a few fabulous properties in a real estate portfolio spanning the United States from Naples, Florida to Los Angeles, California.
Her real estate portfolio is worth a reported $71 million (US$50m) but when you factor in appreciating home values, it's said to likely be worth more in the ballpark of $142 million (US$100 million).
Here are the current mansions and penthouses Judge Judy and her husband Jerry can fly to in their private jet, along with a couple of former properties they've since sold.
Where does Judge Judy live?
Judy and her husband Jerry Sheindlin's primary residence, for tax purposes is their US$8.6 million Florida mansion. However, the couple also has homes in Connecticut, California, and Rhode Island.
The huge mansion in Connecticut is said to be a true home base for the TV star.
Judge Judy's property portfolio timeline
1. Greenwich, Connecticut – 2007
Judy and Jerry bought a US$13.2 million property on 12.5 acres in gorgeous Connecticut, promptly demolishing the existing home to build a sprawling manor-style compound that's said to be over 20,000 square feet. There's 10 bedrooms, 10+ bathrooms, a pool and stunning landscaped gardens. Little is known about the interiors.
This home, known as 'Judge Judy House', is said to be her true primary residence.
2. Beverly Hills, California – 2013
When Sheindlin finds herself in Los Angeles, she stays at her US$10.7 million five-bedroom condo at the super swanky residences at The Montage Beverly Hills.
The corner unit has five bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, four exposures, seven small balconies and four dedicated parking spots in the underground garage.
3. New York, New York – 2013
Judge Sheindlin picked up a duplex penthouse co-op at the Rosario Candela-designed 14 Sutton Place South in Midtown East for US$8.5 million.
Features of the four-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom unit include two dining rooms, a library and a wine cellar that holds up to 900 bottles.
4. Naples, Florida – 2015
In 2015 Sheindlin sold her Naples, Florida penthouse and instead bought this waterfront mansion, also in Naples. The star dropped US$8.6 million on a palatial Florida home (big enough to house her 12 grandchildren) which features eight bedrooms and nine+ baths – including a first-floor master suite – and a separate guest apartment.
The landscaped grounds include a separate guest house, gazebo and a geothermal 74-foot lagoon-style pool, with three waterfalls and a huge spa. There are also two-air conditioned three-car garages with hurricane-resistant garage doors.
5. Newport, Rhode Island – 2018
In 2018, Sheindlin scooped up this US$9 million estate known as the 'Bird House'. It sits atop the highest point in the Rhode Island beach town of Newport, many of the rooms in the huge home offer either panoramic coastline views or views of rock outcroppings and gardens.
There's a two-story entrance hall and the living room has a floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace with coastal views. There are top-of-the-line features, like custom Tischler windows and doors, an elevator and radiant heated floors.
SOLD: New York Penthouse – 2010
Brooklyn native Sheindlin sold her duplex penthouse at 60 Sutton Place South with her now ex-husband, Gerald Sheindlin, for $2.25 million in 2010.
The 19th-floor of the building, the duplex penthouse features three bedrooms and 3.5 baths. Plus, there are two terraces overlooking the East River.
SOLD: New York apartment – 2013
Sheindlin paid US$6.75 million for the two bed, 2.5 bath apartment within the prestigious Sherry-Netherland hotel in 2009, then sold it in 2013 for US$8.5 million.
The Sherry-Netherland was built in 1927 and features a restored ceiling mural in the lobby based on Raphael's Vatican frescoes.
SOLD: Naples, Florida penthouse – 2015
Listed by Sheindlin for US$11 million in December 2015, this penthouse features four bedrooms and an enclosed lagoon. After the sale, Judge Judy swapped out the penthouse for a mansion in the same neighbourhood of Naples (above).
The full-service Gulf-front penthouse was originally purchased in July 2005 for US$6.9 million by the cranky judge and her current husband, Jerry Sheindlin.
She owns at least six lux properties across the U.S., two in Naples, Florida; one in Greenwich, Connecticut; one in Newport, Rhode Island; one in Manhattan and one in Los Angeles.Where are Judge Judy's houses? ›
Where does Judge Judy live? Judy and her husband Jerry Sheindlin's primary residence, for tax purposes is their US$8.6 million Florida mansion. However, the couple also has homes in Connecticut, California, and Rhode Island. The huge mansion in Connecticut is said to be a true home base for the TV star.Does Judge Judy pay all settlements? ›
The award limit on Judge Judy, as on most "syndi-court" shows (and most small claims courts in the U.S.), was $5,000. The award for each judgment was paid by the producers of the show from a fund reserved for the purpose.What is Judge Judy salary a year? ›
During the peak of her TV career, Judge Judy earned a staggering $47 million per year. Her contract allowed her to work just 52 days annually, with each taping day comprising ten to twelve cases.What kind of house does Judge Judy live in? ›
What we do know, however, thanks to a little birdie we'll call Kent Konfidential, is that Judge Judy can now hole up in her very own pied-a-terre at the new and swankily swish Montage Beverly Hills hotel and condo complex where property records confirm she's shelled $10,700,000 for a 4,680 square foot spread with five ...Is Judge Judy's partner a female? › What kind of car does Judge Judy drive? ›
According to TheRichest, the '07 Bentley Azure convertible is her daily driver, and packs an identical engine to the 450 horsepower Arnage R.Who is Judge Judy's best friend? ›
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Judy Sheindlin has a $50 million real estate portfolio, including at least six luxury homes across the United States: one in Naples, Florida, one in Greenwich, Connecticut, another in Newport, Rhode Island, one in Manhattan, New York and the last in Los Angeles, California.Has Judge Judy ever been sued? ›
Lawsuits. In March 2013, a lawsuit was filed against Sheindlin by Patrice Jones, the estranged wife of Randy Douthit (executive producer of Sheindlin's Judge Judy and later Judy Justice court shows).
TV judges make their decision on the case and either decide for the plaintiff, in which case the show's producers award them a judgment fee, or with the defendant, in which case the producers award both parties with an appearance fee.Does Judge Judy have a law degree? ›
Born in Brooklyn, Judge Sheindlin attended college at the School of Government at American University in Washington D.C. After graduating she attended New York Law School, where she received her degree.What happens if you lose your case on Judge Judy? ›
On TV, the judge will tell the losing party that they will need to pay a certain amount to the other side but in reality, many show's producers will pay the winning party the amount the losing party owes as an incentive to appear on court tv. From the perspective of the person being sued, this is great!How many days a year does Judge Judy work? ›
Apparently, Judy earned a whopping $47 million per year through her annual contract with CBS. But here's the catch: Judy actually worked only 52 days out of the 365 days in a year (wow, I'm jelly), so if you do the math, that means Judy made $900,000 A DAY. Truly wild!How big is Judge Judy's yacht? ›
How Big is Judge Judy's Yacht? The Triumphant Lady is a good sized yacht coming in at 155′1″. Obviously that's not the largest yacht on the seas but it's still large enough that most would consider it a superyacht. The vessel also has a 26.5 foot beam and a 7.5 foot draft.Who pays the clients on Judge Judy? ›
#5—On Judge Judy, the losing party doesn't pay.
On Judge Judy, both sides are offered appearance fees, a daily wage and travel expenses for the duration of the taping. Once a decision is made, producers pay it to the victorious party.
Judy and Jerry Sheindlin's 8,550-square-foot condo in Naples, Florida, comes with four bedrooms, six bathrooms, two private elevators, wraparound windows overlooking the bay and a sauna.What is Judge Judy's real job? ›
After passing her bar exam (1965), she went on to work as a corporate lawyer, then as a New York prosecutor, where she worked on cases that included juvenile court and child abuse. After becoming a criminal court judge (1982), Blum landed a promotion as a supervising judge in family court.