In 2018 Forbes breakout a news that Kylie Jenner, with an estimated net worth of $900b at the time, would beat Marc Zuckemberg and become the youngest self-made billionaire (male or female) ever.
And in the beginning of the month she did it, Forbes published an article saying Kylie Jenner is the youngest self-made billionaire ever.
But people don’t seem to credit that. A woman beat a man business wise is not common but the talk is: is she not really self made?
Kylie herself addressed to this concerns in a interview with Paper Magazine: "I had such a huge platform, I had so many followers already and I had so many people watching me," she says but still, admits that "the self-made thing is true." Adding that her parents "cut her off at the age of 15" and told her to start making her own way, and since then she hasn't received a single cent. "My parents told me I needed to make my own money, it's time to learn how to save and spend your own money, stuff like that," she explains. "What I'm trying to say is I did have a platform, but none of my money is inherited."
Plataform or no plataform, is truly an achievement that a young woman is the newest self-made billionaire. Normally kids born in rich families don’t know what to do with their money and usually don’t build a thing for themselves, because they take all what their ancestors did to get there for granted. But Jenner, born in a wealthy family, was cutoff and still built a business for herself and ended up richer than all her family (including Kim Kardashian West, the sister who brought their family fame).
It might not be the big step some wanted but, let’s be real, having a woman as the youngest self-made billionaire feels good, really good actually.
-by Ana Luisa Infante Malachias