Is Scott Wapner Related to Judge Wapner? The Truth Behind the Surname

Scott Wapner is a well-known host of CNBC’s “Fast Money Halftime Report” and “Closing Bell”, two popular shows that cover the latest news and trends in the stock market. He is also the author of the book “When the Wolves Bite: Two Billionaires, One Company, and an Epic Wall Street Battle”, which chronicles the feud between Carl Icahn and Bill Ackman over Herbalife.

But is Scott Wapner related to another famous Wapner, namely Judge Joseph Wapner, who was the first presiding judge of the reality court show “The People’s Court”? The answer is no, they are not related.

Who Was Judge Wapner?

Judge Joseph Wapner was an American judge and television personality, who died on February 26, 2017, at his home in Los Angeles due to respiratory failure at the age of 97 years old. 

He was best known as the first presiding judge of the ongoing reality court show “The People’s Court”. The show’s first run in syndication, with Judge Wapner presiding as judge, lasted from 1981 to 1993, for 12 seasons and 2,484 episodes. 

He was also a veteran of World War II, a graduate of the University of Southern California and USC Law School, and a former president of the California Judges Association. 

Why Do People Think Scott Wapner Is Related to Judge Wapner?

Scott Wapner is often called “the judge” by his colleagues and guests on CNBC, because of his surname and his role as a moderator of debates and discussions among investors and analysts. 

Some people may also assume that Scott Wapner is related to Judge Wapner because they share the same Jewish heritage and ancestry from Eastern Europe. 

However, Scott Wapner has confirmed that he is not related to Judge Wapner, and that their surname is just a coincidence. 


Scott Wapner and Judge Wapner are not related, despite sharing the same surname and profession. They are both successful and influential figures in their respective fields, but they have no family connection.

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