What People Are Saying About Kylie Jenner Being A ‘Self-Made’ Billionaire

Written by Dana Sanchez

Forbes has taken heat on Twitter for describing Kylie Jenner’s near-billion-dollar net worth as “self-made” in its cover story Wednesday, featuring the youngest daughter of the reality TV family in “Keeping up with the Kardashians”.

“At 21, she’s set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire. Welcome to the era of extreme fame leverage,” the magazine cover reads, accompanying a photo of Jenner wearing a black blazer.

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“In the NFL they got a bunch of old white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said during the latest episode of his HBO sports series The Shop. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do. Or we get rid of y’all.'”

The magazine estimates Kylie’s net worth to be $900 million, putting her at the top of the wealth rankings of Kardashian-Jenner family. She made her fortune from her company, Kylie Cosmetics, which she owns all of. Its value? About $800 million, according to Harpers Bazaar:

“That’s a lot of lip kits. And when you add that value to her TV money and endorsement deals, (Forbes) estimates she’s ‘conservatively’ worth $900 million.”

But can you ever be self-made if you are born into privilege?

Kris Jenner, the mother of four famous Kardashian siblings, was married to the late Robert Kardashian, one of the defense lawyers for the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Kris has an estimated net worth of approximately $30 million, according to NBC:

“She reportedly took no money from the attorney in their divorce so she could quickly marry (Olympic) athlete Bruce Jenner (now Caitlyn Jenner following a sex change). Not only did she manage Bruce’s career as a motivational speaker, the pair even made a tape together. No, not a sex tape; a workout video.”

One school on Twitter says you can’t be self-made if you’re born into wealth.

“Calling Kylie Jenner a ‘self-made billionaire’ is like claiming you made soup from scratch because you opened a can and reheated it,” self-described policy wonk Gulab Jamun tweeted.

Another school says “Where’s the respect?”

The dictionary may have had the best response to Forbes’ declaring Kylie Jenner a ‘self-made’ billionaire, according to Blavity.


The Jenner-Kardashian siblings and parents are all fabulously rich by most people’s standards. Here‘s what each member of the family is worth.