By Ryan Velez
With all the presence the Kardashian family has, you may be curious exactly who is coming out on top financially. Celebrity Net Worth reports that it’s Kylie Jenner who is actually bringing in the most, and she is currently on track to become the first billionaire member of the family.
It’s estimated that Kylie’s net worth is on track to be $386 million after calculating the profits of her makeup company this year. The lip gloss sold out online within minutes. Kylie’s company is projected to be worth $1 billion by 2022. The rest of her family is far behind. Kim has a net worth of $175 million, Kourtney has $35 million, Khloe has $40 million, Kendall Jenner has $18 million, and Rob has $10 million. Mom Kris Jenner has a net worth of $60 million.
At this point, you probably have your mind made up regarding the Kardashians, whether you follow them, hate them, or ignore them. One point that we’ve discussed in the past that may be worth revisiting is whether or not the money that Kylie and her family are making is coming at the expense of the Black community. Here is our past coverage of this question:
“Mic says that the Kardashian brand is “built on white women’s interpretations of black womanhood.” From their bodies to reality shows to apps and plenty of other products, the Kardashians have catapulted to a family net worth of $450 million. However, rather than go to the well of cultural appropriation that we often hear about, Mic recommends following the bigger issue here: the money.
The problem isn’t so much that the Kardashians are making black women feel bad so much as they are making money using images (and in this case, possibly work) associated with black women, while black women in business are at the lowest rung financially. For example, even though the number of businesses owned by black women increased by 178% from 2002 to 2012, they are at the lowest sales per firm among all racial and ethnic groups, men and women included.
Perhaps every single Kardashian business move isn’t stealing from black women directly. But when a group is traditionally struggling, any perceived attempt to use their work or characteristics may bear further scrutiny.”