Naomi Judd’s Net Worth
Naomi Judd has a net worth of $25 million and is an American singer, songwriter, actress, producer, and author. Naomi is the mother of country music artist Wynonna Judd and actress Ashley Judd, and together with Wynonna, she founded the singing group The Judds in the early 1980s. “Why Not Me” (1984), “Rockin’ with the Rhythm” (1985), “Heartland” (1987), “Christmas Time with The Judds” (1987), “River of Time” (1989), and “Love Can Build a Bridge” (1990) were the Judds’ studio albums, and they received six Grammy Awards. The Judds separated in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C after 14 #1 hits. In the year 2021, the Judds were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Naomi Judd was born Diana Ellen Judd in Ashland, Kentucky, on January 11, 1946. Judd was raised by his mother Polly, father Charles (the proprietor of a gas station), and three siblings. Brian, her younger brother, died of leukemia when he was only 17 years old. Naomi completed nursing school at the College of Marin in California while raising her daughters as a single mother before her singing career took off.
Judd began playing music with Wynonna after moving to Tennessee in the late 1970s, and a 1983 appearance on “The Ralph Emery Show” led to the duo being signed by RCA’s Joe Galante. The Judds’ Gold EP “Wynonna & Naomi” was published in 1983, and the single “Mama He’s Crazy” reached the top of the “Billboard” Hot Country Songs list, earning them their first Grammy. “Why Not Me,” their debut album from 1984, went 2x Platinum and peaked at #1 on the “Billboard” Top Country Albums chart. The title tune earned the duo their second #1 success and a Grammy, and the singles “Girls’ Night Out” and “Love Is Alive” were both #1 hits. “Rockin’ with the Rhythm,” the Judds’ second album, was released in 1985 and reached #1 on the Top Country Albums list. It includes the #1 songs “Have Mercy,” “Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days),” “Rockin’ with the Rhythm of the Rain,” and “Cry Myself to Sleep.” “Heartland,” their third album, also went Platinum and reached #1 on the Top Country Albums list in 1987, and the singles “I Know Where I’m Going,” “Maybe Your Baby’s Got the Blues,” and “Turn It Loose” gave them three more #1 successes.
“Christmas Time with The Judds,” released in 1987, was the duo’s first album to not debut at #1 on the Top Country Albums list; it was certified Platinum but only reached #49. The Judds followed up their holiday album with “River of Time,” a Gold-certified album that charted at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart in 1989. “Young Love (Strong Love)” and “Let Me Tell You About Love” were two more #1 singles from the album. Though “Let Me Tell You About Love” was The Judds’ final #1 hit, three tracks from their final studio album, 1990’s “Love Can Build a Bridge,” made the top 10, with “Born to Be Blue” and the title track reaching #5 and “One Hundred and Two” reaching #6 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The Judds’ tenure came to an end in 1991 when Naomi was diagnosed with Hepatitis C, although they sold more than 20 million albums and had a spectacular farewell tour. Judd established the Naomi Judd Education and Research Fund that year, and the two reunited in 1999 for a Phoenix New Year’s Eve concert and again in 2000 for the “Power to Change” tour. Naomi was a judge on “Star Search” from 2003 to 2004, and she began hosting the Hallmark Channel discussion show “Naomi’s New Morning” in 2005. She was a judge and mentor on the CMT competition series “Can You Duet” in 2008, and she and Wynonna participated in the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network reality series “The Judds” in 2011. The Judds reunited again in 2017 for Kenny Rogers’ farewell show, “All in for the Gambler,” in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena, where they sang “Back to the Well.”
On May 30, 1964, Naomi gave birth to Christina Claire Ciminella (also known as Wynonna). Wynonna’s biological father is Charles Jordan, but after Jordan abandoned her, Judd married Michael Charles Ciminella on January 3, 1964. Before divorcing in 1972, Naomi and Michael had one child together, Ashley (born April 19, 1968). On May 6, 1989, Judd married Larry Strickland, a singer with the Palmetto State Quartet. Dr. Bruce Bacon, head of Hematology at the University of St. Louis, “declared [her] cured of the hepatitis C virus” in 1995, according to Judd, who wrote an essay for “Everyday Health” in 2014 on her experience with Hepatitis C. Naomi described the sickness as follows: “Today, I am healthy and thankful that I am no longer infected with the virus, and that I am able to witness others being cured without having to go through the agony that I endured. I am an advocate for further hepatitis C research, and I am passionate about learning about and sharing the benefits of the spirit, mind, and body link.”