Keeping up with the Kardashians can be difficult. Really difficult. Everywhere you may look, there always seems to be a trace of at least one member of this royal family of Hollywood. Seriously, they’re everywhere. Having amassed over 45 million followers on twitter herself, Kim Kardashian has certainly established herself as an icon of pop culture, building for herself an empire. With the constant stream of media exposure that she receives, one can’t help but wonder, how did she get where she is now? Interestingly enough, this is a surprisingly difficult question to answer. Taking a small sample size for yourself, asking people how Kim Kardashian rose to fame will probably garner several varied responses. Not too many people can name it, but whatever it is, it’s working.
One thing is for sure though: with fame, comes money. Lots of it. Her widespread media and business ventures have only done her favours when it comes to building her wealth. You see her everywhere you look, and you can definitely rest assured knowing that everything with her face or name on it, just makes her that much wealthier.
Kim Kardashian Net Worth – $85 Million
How did Kim Kardashian Get Rich & Famous?
Sex Tape and Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Kimberly Noel Kardashian (now Kimberly Kardashian West) was born on October 21, 1980, in Los Angeles, California. Throughout her early life, Kim began stepping foot into the Hollywood socialite scene. Her first tastes of media exposure, for example, came from her close friendship with icon Paris Hilton. Although, the beginning of her true burst into stardom was arguably a result of her relationship with singer/songwriter William Ray Norwood Jr, otherwise known as Ray J.
In early 2007, a sex tape of the couple was leaked and spread rapidly. Vivid Entertainment, an American pornographic film production company, distributed the tape, and Kardashian soon pressed charges. Although still insistent on her embarrassment, and her disapproval of this violation of privacy, the leak of Kardashian’s sex tape proved to be rather beneficial for her career. In fact, many argue that it was this event alone that catalyzed her rise to fame. For one, the lawsuit was dropped, as Kardashian settled with the company for $5 million. In addition to this, the event garnered widespread media attention, giving Kim a constant place in the Hollywood spotlight.
Later that same year, Kim and the rest of her family began starring in the reality television series, Keeping up with the Kardashians. The reality series was, to put it simply, an instant hit. To this day, the reality show has developed a very large and dedicated fanbase. As of March of 2015, the show is the most-viewed show on the E! Network, at its peak reaching viewership of up to 4.8 million viewers. The success of the show was so impactful, that several spin-offs were soon created to follow the family’s different ventures. Kourtney and Kim Take New York, for example follows Kim and her sister Kourtney and their ventures around New York City. This spin-off, and the others like it that were created, only furthered Kim’s and the Kardashian’s successes.
Acting Career and Other Business Ventures
Since the success of Keeping up with the Kardashians, the Kim Kardashian name has grown tremendously as a brand of its own. Kim has broadened her ventures, transcending a multitude of different industries. As an actress, Kim has had several guest roles on television shows including CSI: NY, How I Met Your Mother, and Last Man Standing. She is also no stranger to the big screen, having played roles in movies including 2009 romantic comedy Deep in the Valley, and the 2008 spoof film, Disaster Movie.
As a businesswoman, Kim has built her wealth through her endorsements, and products of her own branding, including her famed line of fragrances and clothing boutiques. Her signature perfume line on its own, consisting of the fragrances “Gold,” “Fleur Fatale,” “Glam,” “Kim Kardashian,” “Kim Kardashian Love,” “True Reflection,” and “Pure Honey,” nets her an estimated annual income of up to half a million dollars. Similarly, the “DASH” clothing and accessories boutique typically makes upwards of $4.5 million. With these under her belt, along with her more than 20 other endorsements, it’s no wonder why this Kardashian is one that’s so hard to keep up with.
Kim Kardashian’s Personal Life & FAQ’s:
Is Kim Kardashian Married?
Kim Kardashian holds notoriety for several reasons, one of which being the history of her romantic life. Having been married a total of three times, her longest marriage so far was her first. At the age of 19, Kim eloped with Damon Thomas, an American R&B and pop producer. In 2003, four years after the marriage, her husband filed for divorce, with Kim citing irreconcilable emotional conflicts to be one of the main causes. Her next marriage was in 2011, with NBA player Kris Humphries. Their engagement received mass media attention, with the wedding even being portrayed throughout a two-part special of Kim’s reality show. The marriage itself however, lasted a total of 72 days. In 2014, she married American rapper Kanye West, and the couple have been together as one of pop-culture’s high-profile power couples.
Does Kim Kardashian Have Kids?
On June 15, 2013, Kim Kardashian gave birth to her first child, a daughter the couple decided to name North West. North very quickly became a member of high-profile society like her parents, having made her modelling debut under German fashion designer, artist, and photographer, Karl Lagerfeld, when she was just a toddler. Kim and Kanye’s son and second child, Saint West, was born two years later on December 5, 2015.
Where does Kim Kardashian Live?
For a long time, Kim and Kanye lived in the home of Kris Jenner, Kim’s mother. This was due to the need for extensive renovations in a property the couple had bought earlier in 2013. The property being renovated was a Bel-Air property that they had purchased for roughly $11 million. However, even after sinking millions into the home, the couple has since moved into a another estate worth $20 million, in Hidden Hills, California. The three-acre property is built to satisfy the couple’s every need and desire, with several pools, two spas, and even a vineyard among other things.