She is reportedly on track to become the youngest self-made billionaire in history, but Kylie Jenner‘s recent Forbes cover didn’t come without some controversy. The youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan is worth a reported US$900 million, mostly thanks to her business Kylie Cosmetics, however some fans took umbrage with the term “self-made”. Following news of the social media star, beauty mogul, and new mom’s fortune, many took to Twitter to claim the 20-year-old had a family dynasty to build upon.
While Jenner has not yet responded to criticism, this week elder sister Kim Kardashian West defended the mother-of-one, stating the whole family is “self-made”. “What, because we came from a family that has had success? To me, that doesn’t really make sense,” the star told Refinery29. “I know so many people like that [who] haven’t turned out to be as successful as Kylie. If anything, I’ve seen the complete opposite.” The 37-year-old, who also made Forbes‘s list of the 60 Richest Self-Made Women, added that her siblings have never “depended on our parents for anything besides advice”. “That’s how I lived my life with my dad [Robert Kardashian]. He never gave me anything. We might have the opportunity, but I’ve seen it go the complete opposite way. Nobody works harder than my sisters and my mom,” she told the site.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 11, 2018
According to Forbes, the company Jenner founded less than three years ago, of which she is the sole owner, has amassed more than US$630 million in sales, and is on track to hit the billion-dollar mark within the next year. “Wow,” wrote Jenner on Instagram when the story was released. “I can’t believe I’m posting my very own Forbes cover. Thank you for this article and the recognition. I’m so blessed to do what I love every day. I couldn’t have dreamt this up!”
Huda Kattan, the Dubai-based founder of Huda Beauty, also ranked amongst the list of America’s richest self-made women, joining esteemed peers such as Oprah Winfrey(No 6), and Sheryl Sandberg (No 12). The entrepreneur, who launched her eponymous company after struggling to find suitable false eyelashes, came in at No 37 on the 60-woman-strong list, coming in one place behind pop superstar Madonna.