Judge Judy rules over TV with $147 million haul, Ellen is No. 2

The verdict is in.

Judy Sheindlin, better known around the world as Judge Judy, presides over her courtroom and the rest of television as 2018’s highest paid TV host, according to Forbes.

The “Judge Judy” host, who holds the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a TV judge, ranked No. 1 for the first time after selling the rights to her show’s extensive library for an estimated $100 million last year.

Pair that with the $47 million she makes a year hosting “Judge Judy” and producing “Hot Bench,” Sheindlin is among America’s richest self-made women, let alone TV host.

At No. 2 is Ellen DeGeneres. The 60-year-old comedian raked in $87.5 million pretax during her “most lucrative year yet,” according to the magazine.

In addition to an eight-figure paycheck for her namesake show, DeGeneres earned $20 million for an upcoming Netflix stand-up special, becoming the first female comic to receive a payday that large from the streaming service.

Here’s a look at the annual pay of this year’s top TV hosts, with earnings estimated from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018:


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