On March 5, 2019, Forbes announced that Kylie Jenner had become the youngest self-made billionaire ever. At the tender age of 21, the reality star had done something no one else has ever done in the history of entrepreneurship. There was an immediate backlash from others who said that Jenner isn’t self-made at all. Dictionary.com even tweeted the following: “Haven’t we gone over this? Self-made: Having succeeded in life unaided.”
When companies are coming after your status, there might be an issue. Actor Luke Barnett even went as far as to tweet, “Did she work a random day job in the mall to save up a few grand to start her makeup line, which led to it becoming profitable and an investor coming on board?” Many feel the same way Barnett does when it comes to Jenner. How self-made can one be when most of her siblings were already sitting on millions before she turned 13?
When the reports first came out, Jenner was adamant in standing by the claim that she did it all on her own. But after a few weeks of the media circulating the news around and many others worried about the title Forbes had bestowed upon Jenner, her conviction swayed a bit. Perhaps she realized that earning a billion dollars completely on her own wasn’t what had happened. The New York Times released an interview with Jenner on March 30, 2019, and she finally evened the playing field. “I can’t say I’ve done it by myself,” the cosmetics seller said. “If they’re just talking finances, technically, yes, I don’t have any inherited money. But I have had a lot of help and a huge platform.”
What do you think? Is this a fair self-assessment from the young billionaire? Jenner didn’t have the same start as many of the world’s other billionaires, but let’s see if she’s able to keep it up like them.