Judge Mathis Net Worth

How much is Judge Mathis worth?

Net Worth:$20 Million
Profession:Professional TV Personality
Date of Birth:April 5, 1960 (age 62)
Country:United States of America
5 ft 10 in (1.8 m)

About Judge Mathis

Judge Mathis, whose real full name is Gregory Ellis Mathis, is an American judge that became an arbiter of the syndicated eponymous reality show Judge Mathis. His television program has been on air since September 1999. Besides millions of viewers, he has also won several awards and achievements, including a Daytime Emmy.

Ever since his show was produced, Mathis has established himself as a prominent leader of the Black American community, to which he has also become a motivational speaker.

American TV personality Judge Mathis has an estimated net worth of $20 million dollars, as of 2023. Judge Mathis is actually a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge who turned to TV becoming a Daytime Emmy Award–winning arbiter in 1999.

Judge Mathis became famous during his thirties when he landed his own syndicated television show on the Syndication network. He was born on April 5, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan. He’s the youngest of four children to Charles and Alice Lee Mathis. During his pre-teen and teen years, in the 1970s, he was arrested numerous times.

Life could have gone either way for the young Greg. Judge Mathis’ real father was estranged from him, but associated closely with the Errol Flynns, a past notorious Detroit street gang. During the mid-1970s, Mathis began working at a local McDonalds drive-thru. He was able to graduate from the Wayne Memorial High School in 1979, after which, thanks to one of his friends, he was able to admit to the Eastern Michigan University.

At the university, he developed an interest in public administration and politics. In the 1980s, he began working as a campus activist and joined the Democratic Party, for whom he organized demonstrations against some South African Apartheid policies.

Fortunately for Greg Mathis he managed to find his way out of difficult beginnings and earn his rightful place as a judge and later, a TV star. Which is how we all know him and why he is so famous today.

Besides the eponymous reality courtroom show, the arbiter became rich from many other television appearances. His political career first began as an unpaid intern and then, he became an assistant to the city council member Clyde Cleveland. After he took the LSAT, Mathis applied to law schools and was eventually admitted to the University of Detroit School of Law. In 1987, he received his Juris Doctor and, in 1995, he was elected a district court judge for the 36th district of Michigan.

By the mid-1990s, when he became an official figure, Judge Mathis was already earning an estimated $350,000. Just a few years after he was appointed the district court judge, he signed with the Syndication network for the creation of his own show. The Judge Mathis show debuted on September 13, 1999, and quickly gained millions of viewers. The series follows Judge Mathis, who is adjudicating small claims disputes.

In 2004, the series won an NAACP Image Award and by that time, Mathis’ net worth was an estimated $1.5 million. Most recently, in 2018, ahead of its 20th season debut, the show even won a Daytime Emmy Award in the category “Outstanding Courtroom/Legal Program”.

The success of Judge Mathis comes from his many television roles. In the 1990s, besides working for the 36th District, the judge was appointed the head of Jesse Jackson’s presidential campaign in Michigan.

He then became the head of mayor Coleman Young’s re-election campaign. Around the same time, Mathis established himself as a leader within the Black American community. For the past three decades, he has taken part in multiple black-culture movements, in all of which he has been a motivational speaker.

Since the 2000s, Judge Mathis has appeared in multiple television projects as both himself and as other characters. Among his most notable guest appearances are in Baisden After Dark, Bethenny, Exhale and The View. Since 2014, he has had many sporadic appearances on the television series The Real, in which he has also hosted some. Apart from the television series, the arbiter is also known for his commercially acclaimed books.

His first book titled Inner City Miracle was released in 2002. He also released two more books – Street Judge in 2008 and The Family, Kilns and Stoneware in 2014.

Mathis’ Total Net Worth

Judge Mathis has earned estimated total career income of $38 million dollars. Mathis earns an annual salary of $5 million dollars per year. As he lives in the state of California, he will have had to pay around 49% in taxes on his career income. After tax, it is estimated that his career earnings are at around $19.38 million dollars, having paid $18.62 million dollars in taxes.

Judge Mathis married Linda Reese in 1985 and they remain together. They have four children together, Jade, Camara, Greg Mathis Jr. and Amir Mathis. In his personal life Mathis has likely spent $2-4 million dollars of his career earnings but also earned $5-6 million dollars from his investments. He will have also had to pay around $1.5 million dollars in business costs. Therefore, it is estimated that Judge Mathis has a net worth of about $20 million dollars.


Judge Mathis is now known for being a district court judge, who has been appointed in the 36th district of Michigan. His work even inspired the creation of a television show that has been on air since mid-September 1999. Besides the Daytime Emmy-award winning show, the judge is also known for releasing three bibliographies and for guest appearing on multiple television projects, thanks to which his net worth has now estimated to be $20 million.

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