Wood was dubbed the “Love Judge” in 1995 when the soon-to-be ex-wife of a multimillionaire Wall Street financier found his diary, which was filled with passionate prose about his trysts with the jurist.
Moneyman Frank Richardson gushed about the time he spent with Wood, describing her as “absolutely wonderful, very intelligent, a complete woman and able to give love wonderfully and freely.”
The illicit rommance began in the spring of that year with dinners at ritzy restaurants and weekend getaways at Wood’s country home. At the time, Kimba was married to a Time magazine columnist but the two were about to divorce.
Richardson — who was worth an estimated $157 million at the time — wrote in superlatives about the judge, even describing one fireside rendezvous at the country home as “beautiful an eight hours as I have spent in my life.”
He and Wood married in 1999.
Legal eagles have also praised Wood, who graduated from Harvard Law School and earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
While a student in England, she worked for a week at a Playboy casino, training as a croupier. But she quit because she thought the gig was silly.
Even before the affair, Wood has made headlines as a tough judge presiding over cases involving high-profile defendants, including “Junk Bond King” Michael Milken.
In 1993 President Bill Clinton nominated her to become the first female Attorney General. But she withdrew from the nomination