Judge Joe Brown

Judge Joe Brown, as the name suggests, was once the judge of the Criminal Court in Shelby County, Tennessee. He is a television personality and a lawyer. As a television personality, there was a time when he appeared on Judge Joe Brown, an arbitration-based reality court show, as an arbiter. For him, it has been a journey, but he is in a better place now, no doubt. He is famous with a considerable net worth, and that’s worth appreciating.

Well, how well do you know about Judge Joe Brown? If not much, we have compiled all you need to know about Judge Joe Brown’s net worth in 2021, his age, height, weight, wife, kids, biography and complete details about his life. Well, if you’re all set, here is what we know about Judge Joe Brown to date.

Biography and Early Life

Judge Joe Brown was born in 1947 on 5th July as Joseph Blakeney Brown Jr.  His place of birth was Washington, D.C., but he grew up in Crenshaw District, Los Angeles. The names of his parents remain a mystery up to date, but it is no secret that they were both teachers. Equally important, he was an only child.

When he talks about a picture, he depicts a picture of how challenging it is to grow up in a tough neighborhood. They left Washington for Los Angeles when he was still a small boy. The neighborhood they settled in was quite tough, if not the toughest. He says that the Boyz’ n the Hood is a movie he relates with quite well since it shows how it was for him growing up.

His love for making a difference in the lives of other people is something he emulated from his parents. Despite how tough the going got, making a difference kept them going. Eventually, they relocated to the Crenshaw District, Los Angeles.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Judge Joe Brown in 2021 and what is his height and weight? Well, Judge Joe Brown’s age is 74 years old as of today’s date 31st July 2021 having been born on 5 July 1947. Though, he is 5′ 8″ in feet and inches and 175 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 181 lbs in Pound and 82kg in Kilograms.


In 1969, Judge Joe Brown graduated from Dorsey High School. It is important to note that he graduated at the top of his class. After that, he joined U.C.L.A. to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science. His studies didn’t end there since he chose to pursue law as well. While studying law, he had to juggle between learning and working since he also worked as a substitute teacher. In 1973, he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the same university.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

When it comes to relationships and, more so, marriages, one can say that Judge Joe Brown isn’t lucky. After all, so far, he has been divorced twice. The first marriage saw him become a father to two children. However, it came to an end, and the reason for the divorce was not giving his wife and kids the attention that they deserved. The marriage between Judge Joe Brown and Deborah Herron lasted between 2001 and 2017.

Is Judge Joe Brown Gay?

The sexual orientation of Judge Joe Brown is straight. Therefore, he is neither gay nor bisexual. On the contrary, he has been married to beautiful women in two instances. The first one saw him become a family man with kids. The other one lasted for almost two decades. Equally important, not even a single rumor suggests otherwise.

Professional Career

Upon graduating, Brown left Los Angeles for Memphis, Tennessee. That’s where he got his first job working with Legal Services. Later, he started working at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.). About five years later, he started serving the City of Memphis as its prosecutor. This assignment saw him make history as the first African-American to ever hold that office. Then, he became the city’s director of the Public Defender’s Office.

Afterward, not long after holding that office, Judge Joe started a private practice and then returned to public service in 1990. It is at that time when he started serving Shelby County as the State Criminal Courts’ Division 9 Judge, following his election as a judge. Becoming a judge made him famous, but the fame increased further when he was chosen to reopen the case of the late Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassin, the late James Earl Ray.

However, he didn’t see its finality following his removal as a result of being bias. That was in the account of what he told Cynthia McKinney, who once served the people of Georgia as a Congressman and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

At one point, he vied for the district attorney of Shelby County. Despite winning the Democratic nomination, he lost to the Republican candidate, Any Weirich, who was also the incumbent. His remarks regarding her sexuality may have cost him that seat. The margin was huge since Brown had 35%, whereas Amy garnered 65%.

Another notable part of his career is his appearance in the Judge Joe Brown reality court show. He was its arbitrator, and the show ran for 15 seasons. It started in 1998 on 14th September and ended after its 2012-13 season. Again, he made the history of being the longest-serving African American among television arbitrators. However, the current record holder is Grey Mathis, who appears on Judge Mathis.


Judge Joe Brown received the Advocate for Justice Award from The Olender Foundation, and the event took place at the Kennedy Center. In 2012, he was also a nominee of Daytime Emmy Awards under the category of Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Judge Joe Brown in 2021

As of 2021, Judge Joe Brown’s net worth is approximately $14 million. He has worked in the public sector in various capacities, including the prosecutor, director of the Public Defence’s Office, and judge. All the positions have earned them some money during the time that he held them.

At the same time, he has had a private practice as a lawyer, which was also income generating. Last but not least, he made appearances for a long time on the Judge Joe Brown reality court show.  At that time, he was among the highest-paid daytime Tv personality, only coming second after Judge Judy.

The story of Judge Joe Brown is quite encouraging. If you can take after your parents on various concepts, please do as long as they are good. Following the footsteps of his parents to strive to make a difference saw Judge Joe Brown go too far. His tough neighborhood didn’t stop him from becoming famous and wealthy either.


Facts of Joseph Blakeney Brown Jr. 

  • Gender Male
  • full nameJoseph Blakeney Brown Judge Joe Brown full name
  • birthplaceWashington, D.C., U.S.
  • Date of Birth July 05, 1947
  • Age 77 years 0 months
  • Horoscope Cancer
  • Lucky Number 6
  • Lucky Stone Moonstone
  • Lucky Color Silver
  • Best Match for Marriage Taurus, Pisces, Scorpio
  • nationalityAmerican
  • religionChristian
  • net worth$14 million
  • professionT.V. personality and lawyer
  • weightIn Kilograms – 82 Kg, In Pounds – 181 lbs
  • heightIn Centimetres – 175 cm, In Feet and Inches – 5′ 8″
  • hair colorN/A
  • eye colorN/A
  • high schoolDorsey High School

Written by Joel S. Elkins

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