“Self made is a bit of a stretch. She was born into a rich, famous, well connected family.” “Impressive when you read the details of her success.”
We need to talk about Kylie Jenner — child of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, social media influencer, reality TV show star, and ... inarguably triumphant businesswoman? Just this week, business magazine Forbes featured her on its list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, commending its youngest honoree for the $800 million valuation of her company, Kylie Cosmetics, after only three years of operation.
Forbes said Jenner, 20, is now on track to become the "youngest self-made billionaire" in history cashing checks from her beauty line, television appearances, Puma campaigns, and other endorsement deals. For comparison: Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire at age 23, Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel got there in his early 20s, and the rest of the Kardashian crew hasn’t come close to that particular milestone. Kim Kardashian’s estimated worth comes in at $350 million. Yes, Kylie is making more money than Kim!
Many Yahoo commenters have taken issue with Forbes’ classification: “How is she self made when she started out with money to begin with?,” one reader left on Yahoo Entertainment’s original article. That sentiment was echoed across social media: “Calling Kylie Jenner self-made without acknowledging anywhere the incredible headstart she had is what allows people to turn around and look at poor people and ask them why they haven’t become billionaires yet,” wrote @lola_adewuya on Twitter.
But others are defending Kylie’s hard work and success: “For a 20 year old to be worth $900 million in any business is astounding.”
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