What is Marilyn Milian's Net Worth and Salary?
Marilyn Milian is an American lawyer, judge and television personality who has a net worth of $30 million. Marilyn Milian is most famous for being the presiding judge on the television series The People's Court.
Early Life and Early Career
She was born on May 1, 1961 in Manhattan, NY the daughter of Cuban immigrants. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Miami, where she graduated summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. She then earned a J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center. While studying at Georgetown, she and her fellow law students used to watch The People's Court every day in between classes. Decades before becoming a TV star, Marilyn served as an assistant state attorney in Dade County, Florida. In 1999, Florida Governor Jeb Bush appointed her to the Miami Circuit Court. She also spent five years as a judge in Florida Domestic Violence courts.
The People's Court
Ratings for the show tanked under Jerry Sheindlin, Judge Judy's husband, who headed the show from 1999 to 2001. Jerry took over from former NYC mayor Ed Koch who took over from original host Joseph Wapner who served from 1981 – 1993. Looking at the falling ratings, producers decided they needed someone young, Hispanic and preferably female to appeal to their growing Latina audience. They looked far and wide for the right person. Marilyn was referred by a male neighbor who auditioned but had been rejected. The producers had to call her 16 times before she finally picked up to hear their proposal.
Marilyn Milian was the first Latina judge to preside over a televised court program. Soon after taking over the role, ratings increased a whopping 75%. After the 2012-2013 season she officially became the longest-running host of The People's Court. She is noted for interacting with the audience much more than her predecessors. She frequently quotes her grandmother when addressing the litigants, often in Spanish.
Marilyn Milian Husband
Milian's husband John Schlesinger is also a lawyer and judge. He actually serves in Marilyn's former district, the 11th Circuit for Miami-Dade County. Their primary residence is a home in Coral Gables. They also keep an apartment in New York City where the show tapes twice per month. They have three children. Because he is still a judge, John is required to report periodic financial disclosures. From his 2009 disclosure we learned that the couple at the time was worth at least $7 million, not including a $3 million house and $200,000 worth of sports cars. After adjusting for inflation, the couple was worth at least $12 million in 2009. He has not released a financial disclosure since 2009.
Marilyn Milian Salary
In her first year as host of The People's Court, Marilyn earned just $500 thousand per year. That was soon raised to $1 million. After the first four years wrapped and she had proven a huge success, the salary was increased to $5 million. In 2018 that salary was bumped to $8 million per year. She travels to the New York area twice a month to tape. They tape 10 episodes in a day over three days then she travels back to Miami. Between 2001 and 2013 the show taped in New York City. It has taped in Stamford, Connecticut since then.