Is Kylie Jenner really a ‘self-made’ billionaire as Forbes deemed her?

Sergio Cunningham
July 13, 2018

As people debate Forbes' decision to put Kylie Jenner on a list of "self-made" billionaires, Dictionary.com is wading into the discourse.

Forbes predicts that Jenner, who turns 21 on August 10, will be the "youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female" thanks to the success of her $900 million makeup empire, Kylie Cosmetics. Self-made. Even Dictionary.com roasted the magazine for the title, Tweeting yesterday "Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided". "Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman".

When taking into account Jenner's product endorsements (she's done sponsored posts for Fit Tea Wraps, waist trainer company Waist Gang Society and more), Keeping Up with the Kardashians paycheck, Kendall + Kylie clothing line and Puma deal, Forbes "conservatively" estimates the star is worth $900 million.

Robehmed's article describes how Jenner owns 100 percent of Kylie Cosmetics, which has very little overhead and marketing costs. His few choice words congratulating the youngest of the Kardashian/Jenner crew sparked RHOA star, Nene Leakes to comment her own opinion.

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It is also worth noting that Forbes' "self-made" designation is a bit different than the typical definition.

A spokeswoman for Forbes said that the publication "fully acknowledges that within the term "self-made" there are many who are more self-made than others".

After all, she grew up in one of America's richest and most-followed celebrity families.

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