Judge Greg Mathis’ ‘Gang to Gavel’ Story Led To Millions of Dollars and TV Fame

Judge Greg Mathis has been a judge in Michigan courts and on over 20 seasons of his court TV show. He has approximately a $20 million net worth.

Kathryn Underwood - Author

Jun. 20 2022, Published 2:53 p.m. ET

Judge Mathis
Source: Judge Greg Mathis Facebook

Judge Greg Mathis presides over real court cases in his reality-based TV show, 'Judge Mathis.'

A former Superior Court judge in Michigan’s 36th District, Judge Greg Mathis is now presiding over his 21st season of the reality show Judge Mathis.

It’s a reality-based court TV show that’s in national syndication.

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Along with his court show, Mathis is also starring in new reality show featuring his extended family — prompting many viewers to wonder just how much the successful judge and television personality is worth.

Judge Mathis' net worth is in in the millions.

According to The Richest, Judge Mathis is worth an estimated $20 million in 2022, thanks to his long-running television and law career, and his other ventures including writing best-selling books.

Mathis spent some time as a young man in a gang in Detroit and even went to jail. He was released on early probation due to his mother’s illness. Mathis worked as a Superior Court judge in Michigan’s 36th District after earning his law degree.

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Judge Greg Mathis

Judge, Reality TV Star

Net worth: $20 Million

Gregory Ellis Mathis is known to many Americans as Judge Greg Mathis, the star of a long-running reality courtroom TV show. Mathis overcame his youthful struggles including gang activity, dropping out of school, and jail time. He eventually returned to school and obtained a law degree, then became the youngest judge in Michigan’s history. He’s now made 21 seasons of his hit court TV show, which won a Daytime Emmy in 2018.

Birthdate: April 5, 1960

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Education: Eastern Michigan University; University of Detroit

Spouse: Linda Reese

Children: 4

Judge Mathis is ranked among the longest-running reality courtroom TV shows. Others that have played for many years include Judge Judy, The People’s Court, and Divorce Court.

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Mathis has been recognized with honorary doctorates from Florida A&M University and Eastern Michigan University. Mathis Avenue in Detroit is named after him. Mathis serves on the boards of the NAACP and Morehouse School of Medicine.

Mathis Walk of Fame
Source: Judge Greg Mathis Facebook

Mathis received a star on the Hollywood 'Walk of Fame' on May 4, 2022.

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Judge Mathis appears on the new show ‘Mathis Family Matters.’

A new reality show showcases the home and family life of Mathis and his wife and four children. As TV Insider reported, on Mathis Family Matters, Judge Mathis says in his family he is “totally ignored” rather than respected as in the courtroom.

The Mathis family includes the judge’s wife Linda and their four grown kids: Jade, Amir, Greg Jr, and Camara.

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Mathis Family Matters
Source: Judge Greg Mathis FB

Mathis (center) and his family are now starring in 'Mathis Family Matters.'

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E Online calls Mathis Family Matters “the feel-good show of the summer.” One of the tough subjects the show has addressed is the journey of the eldest son, Greg Jr., in coming out publicly. Judge Mathis explained that although his son had come out to the family at age 18, he hadn’t shared that aspect of himself with the general public yet.

Judge Mathis said this storyline is a “very poignant” part of the series. Greg Jr. noted that talking about his sexuality on the TV show was a big deal not only to him but to his long-time boyfriend Elliott Cooper. Greg Jr. also said it will show “the mental anguish and struggle a lot of LGBTQ+ individuals go through."


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