What Is 'Self-Made' When Kylie Jenner Becomes Youngest Self-Made Billionaire Ever
Following the news that the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner empire has become the youngest self-made billionaire ever, folks have been debating what that actually means.
At just 21 years of age, Jenner managed to edge out Mark Zuckerberg as the world's youngest billionaire -- Zuck reached the milestone at the ripe ol' age of 23.
But with that honour comes scrutiny, as Forbes described Jenner as a "self-made" billionaire, and it's that descriptor that people have been taking issue with.
Hell, even dictionaries couldn't help but throw minor shade at Kylie's accomplishment.
So what exactly does Forbes mean when they say self-made? Well, they basically mean Jenner didn't inherit her wealth.
That's mostly true. Despite Kylie being forged in the fires of her mother's hellish media empire -- one that weaponises infidelity and turns into a weeks-long saga -- she didn't inherit her wealth.
A major bulk of Kylie's wealth comes from her cosmetics company.
Kylie Cosmetics is estimated at approximately $900 million. That, alongside her earnings from Keeping Up With The Kardashians (estimated around $100 million) plus all the spon-con she does for diet teas and other shiny garbage.
"I didn’t expect anything. I did not foresee the future," the world's youngest billionaire told Forbes after reaching the milestone, "But [the recognition] feels really good. That’s a nice pat on the back."
While Kylie's wealth almost definitely relied on her family's privilege, the success of her ventures have all come from the structures that she herself has cultivated. Yes, Kylie leveraged her family's status and wealth in order to catapult her into the ten-figure status, but a bulk of her financial success also relies on her cult of personality.
Kylie Cosmetics rarely needs to squander money on marketing costs -- why bother when all the makeup mogul needs to do is post about it on Instagram?
Despite there being so much hand-wringing over what it means to be "self-made", Kylie barely needs to bat an eyelid in order to make a week's worth of headlines.
So while folks are busy mocking a 21-year-old for taking duck-faced selfies, living out every waking moment of her life on Instagram (and not Snapchat, that's dead -- remember?) and debating the definition of "self-made", Kylie was probably too busy counting all her money to care.
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