The 76-year-old made around US$147m last year

Judge Judy has been named as the highest paid TV host.

Forbes magazine says she made US$147m (€129.5m) last year.

The TV judge - whose real name is Judith Sheindlin - is reported to have made around US$100m (€88.1m) after she sold her entire 10,400 Judge Judy archive to CBS.

And the big numbers are backed up by a bigger viewership: her show consistently has more than 10 million people watching daily.

Sheindlin (76) is also the producer behind 'Hot Bench' - a panel-based court show.

Judge Judy Sheindlin attends the 22nd annual Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City | Image: PBG/EMPICS Entertainment

Speaking about salary in May this year, she told NBC: "In order to negotiate your own worth you have to make yourself indispensable - and that doesn't mean you have to be a television personality to make yourself indispensable.

"You can be an assistant to a physician and make yourself indispensable.

"I know doctors who've retired when their assistants retired - they say 'we can't do this alone' - that makes you indispensable.

"Once you're indispensable, you set your own rules".

Others on the highest paid list include Ryan Seacrest, Dr Phil McGraw and Ellen DeGeneres.