07/14/2010 05:03 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Judge Judy: Daytime's #1, $45 Million Woman

Since she premiered on television in 1996, Sheindlin has become more than the queen of courtroom TV. She's hotter than ever, topping even Oprah Winfrey as television's No. 1 daytime host....

Now Sheindlin, who once mused how nice it would be to last a decade in television, enters her 15th year in syndication with a $45-million-a-year contract and no less contempt for scammers, swindlers and sinners against the English language.