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Kim Kardashian finally speaks up after Forbes declared Kylie Jenner a self-made billionaire

Claudine Varela
Jul 16, 2018
03:13 A.M.
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Kim Kardashian has responded to claims her sister Kylie Jenner isn’t deserving to be called a “self-made billionaire.” The reality star who joins her sister on that list says she “really didn’t get it.”

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Kim Kardashian has come to the defense of her sister Kylie Jenner whose inclusion in Forbes’ 2018 list of the ‘60 Richest Self-Made Women’ is receiving a lot of backlash. Tweets are claiming the 20-year-old doesn’t deserve the title considering she was born into an affluent family and just rode on the success her sister Kim carved out for them.

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However, the 37-year-old reality star who also joins Kylie in the list slammed her sister’s detractors by saying she deserves to be part of the list because she is self-made. In a phone interview with Refinery29 she insisted,

"I really didn’t get it, because she is 'self-made' — we are all 'self-made. What, because we came from a family that has had success? To me, that doesn’t really make sense... 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."

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Kim continued that she was even proud of her sister for using her insecurities as a platform to build a successful cosmetics empire. Kylie started injecting her lips when she was 17 and ended up building a fortune out of lipsticks.

Kim also said she and her siblings never depended on their parents growing up.

“Me, Kylie, not one [of the siblings] has ever 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."

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Kylie’s fortune according to Forbes is mainly due to her Kylie Cosmetics company which has an estimated $230 million net profit this year. This plus her income from her family’s reality show and endorsement deals for Puma and PacSun place the young star’s worth conservatively at $900 million.

The magazine predicts by late this year her company will steer her to become the youngest self-made billionaire in the world, joining the ranks of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. Meanwhile, her sister Kim is worth $350 million.

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