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How Kim Kardashian Achieved a Net Worth of $1.4 Billion

Few people don't know who the Kardashians are after their infamous reality television show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” Kim Kardashian became one of the most instantly recognizable ones on the show due to her more level-headed personality and her connection to various celebrities. Since her time on the show, Kim has continually built her brand and made good money on various ventures.

Taking a look at Kim Kardashian net worth numbers is likely to be shocking to many people. This naturally beautiful woman has worked hard to get where she is at and has made many intelligent business decisions. Someone with a net value as high as Kim Kardashian doesn't simply get that money by luck but by consistently making savvy choices and consistently moving up in life.

Kim Kardashian Net Worth

Kim Kardashian net worth estimates typically range between $1.4 to $1.8 billion, depending on the source. Much of this income has come over the last 10 years or so, especially after she broke away from the show to build her business herself. Experts believe that she makes about $80 million per year with her multiple investments, though she made some of her income from “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”

Her family was already worth good money before that because her mother, Kris, had married Robert Kardashian. Kardashian was a lawyer who helped defend OJ Simpson in his infamous murder trial. Kim started her career as an assistant and stylist but eventually gained infamy for a sex tape released featuring her and Ray J. She and Kris brainstormed this infamy into the reality show that made their family famous.

Kim is also known for her many relationships, including dating NFL stars, NBA players, rappers, and much more. She infamously leveraged a marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries into an $18 million endorsement with TV rights. Their marriage lasted only 72 days. Kardashian then married Kanye West and stayed with this rapper for many years, eventually divorcing him in 2021.

Kardashian's record-breaking wedding is just one example of how she intelligently leveraged her fame into a big paycheck. Breaking down how she continually expanded her career and earned nearly $2 billion is an interesting example of how someone can transform their lives by understanding their skills and expanding on it with the right investments and opportunities.

How Kardashian Made Her Fortune

During is time on the air, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” was one of the most popular reality shows on the planet. It ran from 2007 to 2021 or over 20 seasons. During that time, the family was earning at least $100 million per season, and is likely to make that much with their new show, “The Kardashians.” Kim reportedly earned $10 million per season while on the show.

Breaking that down into numbers, that would be about $200 million, which is about 10% of Kim's current net worth. Clearly, the show was lucrative for her but is not where she made most of her money. Similarly, her appearance on the new show is likely to continually make her money but isn't going to be where this billionaire makes the vast majority of her income.

Kardashian will receive $200,000 in child support from ex-husband Kanye West, though the two waived other support and are splitting their $200 million joint holdings evenly. Even before this divorce, Kardashian was worth nearly $2 billion independently and her settlement with West isn't likely to vastly increase her income because most of it will go to raising their children.

Kim's Many Business Investments

Kim Kardashian net worth numbers are mostly increased by her many businesses. In fact, Kardashian started her career in high school by working in her father's law office and in a boutique as a beauty specialist. However, she has stakes in several companies, including KKW Beauty and Skims. These businesses have given her a huge increase in value over the years.

For example, Skims is jumped in value from $1.6 billion in April 2021 to $3.2 billion in January 2022 alone. Kardashian owns about 35% of the company, which is worth about $900 million and makes up at least half of her vast net worth. That surge was worth $600 million and increased her value by the largest single amount of any of her many other business investments.

However, Kardashian also has a 72% stake in KKW Beauty, which is her largest ownership stake by far. In 2020, she sold 20% of the company to Coty for $200 million, which was another huge payday for the already wealthy Kardashian. In fact, this sale also helped increase the company's value to $1 billion due to investments by Coty to help expand it in various ways.

Kim is not a quiet business partner, either, and is known to work directly with her marketing companies and product design teams to improve her branding. Many of these branding methods occur on various social media sites, which Kardashian has intelligently used to promote herself and her family.

How Kardashian Uses Instagram and Social Media to Promote Herself and Make Extra Money

Anyone who follows Kim Kardashian knows that she promotes most of her own products on her profile, which means that millions of people see these posts every day. These single posts are an inexpensive and smart way to increase sales. People who visit her profile may click on these product purchase sites and use her recommendations when considering her products.

However, Kardashian also occasionally promotes other products on her Instagram as well. She doesn't do that out of the kindness of her heart and is well-paid whenever she posts someone else's product. It is estimated that she makes between $300-500K for each of these posts.

That's not a bad way to make good money, which makes it clear why Karashian's social media accounts are so active: they are likely not even her doing the direct posting. That's because she likely sets up her account with a social media management team that then crafts each post for maximum impact. This marketing approach is not uncommon with many high-earning celebrities.

Her Value Compared to Her Family

Kim Kardashian net worth estimates make her the richest member of her family by far. She was one of the youngest people to ever be valued at over $1 billion. However, her brothers and sisters and even her mother are all worth high value as well. Breaking down their worth can showcase just how much money is centered on this one unique family.

Kylie Jenner

Kim's youngest sister is also one of the smartest and most business-savvy members of the family. She is currently worth about $750 million, which mostly comes from her company, Kylie Cosmetics. This cosmetics firm helped her own consistent money that boosted her net worth. In 2020, she sold 51% of the company to Coty for $600 million, which is where a majority of her net worth originated.

Kris Jenner

Kris Jenner is the mother of all the Kardashian and Jenner children and has a $170 million net worth. That's a pretty big drop off from her two daughters, though she continually makes a salary of about $40 million every year. Kris was the main creative mind behind “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and even had a brief talk show and published a cookbook and autobiography as well.

Kourtney Kardashian

The oldest Kardashian sister is also worth a good amount of money, with a net worth of about $65 million and a salary of $10 million per year. Much of her money comes from Smooch, a children's clothing store, along with a collection called Kourt X Kylie that she started with her youngest sister, as well as Poosch, a skincare line. This income has helped her stay consistently financially secure.

Khloé Kardashian

Khloe Kardashian is a model and entrepreneur who has a net worth of $60 million and a salary of about $15 million per year. She has founded multiple brands, including Good American, which is a jean manufacturer. She also has a show called Revenge Body in which she teaches lessons about dieting and exercising. Her fortune may eclipse Kourtney's through her persistent self-promotion.

Kendall Jenner

The oldest Jenner sibling is also one of the highest paid models in the world. She has a $45 million appearance earned mostly through her modeling career, though she has also appeared on reality television with her family. Kendall regularly models for many luxury brands, including Chanel and Versace, and is one of the most instantly recognizable of all of her siblings.

Robert Kardashian Jr.

Robert Kardashian has always been the least present Kardashian family member and has a net worth of about $10 million. Much of this money came during his time on the reality show with his family, though he also had a reality TV show and has a few clothing lines and food brands. Though not as successful as his sisters, he still has a net worth most people would dream of possessing.

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Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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