Judge Judy is making a lot of moolah in the courtroom.
Judy Sheindlin is 2018’s highest-paid television host, according to the trusty researchers over at Forbes. She earned an estimated $147 million.
The 76-year-old American television personality rose three spots from last year’s list. Her big success is due in big part to the sale of her TV-show rights. Sheindlin sold the rights to more than 5,200 hours of current library and future episodes of her show for an estimated $100 million.
For the second year in a row, popular daytime television host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres ranked second on Forbes’ list. She earned $87.5 million between “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and her upcoming Netflix special “Relatable”.
Rounding out the top five is former top earner “Dr. Phil” McGraw, “Live with Kelly and Ryan” host Ryan Seacrest and the mustache of game show television Steve Harvey.
1. Judy Sheindlin, $147 million
2. Ellen DeGeneres, $87.5 million
3. Dr. Phil McGraw, $77.5 million
4. Ryan Seacrest, $74 million
5. Steve Harvey, $44 million