Kylie Jenner defends self-made billionaire title: 'Not a dime is inherited'

Kylie Jenner. Image: Getty

Makeup mogul, social media icon and billionaire Kylie Jenner has hit back at claims that her title as the youngest self-made billionaire in the world is undeserved.

Speaking to Interview Magazine Germany, Jenner responded to the criticism she received after being named the world’s youngest self-made billionaire by Forbes earlier this year.

Forbes noted Jenner’s wealth of US$1 billion (AU$1.42 billion) and said she made her wealth through her makeup empire, Kylie Cosmetics.

“Forbes defines “self-made” as someone who built a company or established a fortune on her own, rather than inheriting some or all of it,” Forbes journalist Kerry A. Dolan said at the time, explaining that while Jenner inherited a degree of wealth and extreme fame, her wealth was self-made.

“As long as the list member didn’t inherit a business or money, she is labeled self-made.”

Despite the explanation, many commentators on Twitter were unimpressed with the title.

“Dear Twitter, Kylie Jenner is not self-made. She was a child on a reality show, her father is an Olympic gold medalist, her mother came from a family already famous off the controversy. She was raised in the limelight and in wealth. Quit overhyping mediocrity,” wrote on user.


“Kylie Jenner is not a “self made billionaire” her family was already worth millions and incredibly famous. All she did was leverage her fame, fortune, and family name,” added another.


But in the interview published on Thursday, Jenner said the criticism was unfounded.

“There’s really no other word to use other than self-made because that is the truth,” Jenner said.

“That is the category that I fall under. Although, I am a special case because before I started Kylie Cosmetics, I had a huge platform and lots of fans.

“I did not get money from my parents past the age of 15. I used 100 per cent of my own money to start the company, not a dime in my bank account is inherited… and I am very proud of that.”

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