You might think the Kardashian wealth is all about Kim Kardashian and her unusual rise to fame. Or perhaps you may think it is all because of Kris Jenner‘s extraordinary level of ambition for a mother who is not known for a particular talent or skill. Any way you cut it, this family is über rich and continues to work hard to increase their fame and wealth on a daily basis.
Some fans relentlessly follow Kim K’s every move, while others only follow their favorites in the family. Kim, of course, seems to have more fame than the others, but her younger sisters (Kendall & Kylie Jenner) are slowly catching up.
Kris is happy to promote any of her daughters for just about anything and everything, so it’s likely that on any given day you will see photographs and videos of at least one of these lovely young women. She is consistently determined to parlay the notoriety of each individual as well as the family for the common good… and the opportunities keep on showing up. From video games, clothing lines and modeling opportunities, these women are walking on the yellow brick road.
In fact, it is next to impossible to estimate the family’s net worth, as income piles in from so many different sources on a daily basis. But much of the public is growing weary of the Kardashian/Jenner craze, wondering if they will be able to maintain their popularity or will the public lose interest?
But for now, check out all of the reasons why this family is so wealthy and how they have the chutzpah to continue to create their empire.
13. Robert Kardashian – The Original Source
Kris’s first husband and father to their four children, Robert, was well known for being one of the attorneys who defended O.J. Simpson in the highly publicized and televised murder trial in 1995.
In September 2003, Robert died of esophageal cancer and purportedly left his $100 million estate in trust for his wife and kids. That amount would be enough to keep most families in the money for their entire lives. However, it was just the beginning.
12. Bruce Jenner’s Fame & Fortune
Kris’s second husband, Bruce Jenner, has always been worth the gold after winning first place in the 1976 Montreal Olympics Decathlon event. He went on to become a highly celebrated public figure, spokesperson and television host. Bruce has an estimated net worth of approximately $100 million, some of which has surely entered the Kardashian lifestyle expense funnel over the past 22 years.
The couple finally decided to call it quits in 2013 and filed for divorce in September of 2014. It looks like they have divided their fortune amicably, however the split has not yet been finalized.
11. Sex Tape
Much of Kim’s popularity started with her innocent “sex tape”. Can’t imagine how that got out? Hmm. Seems like a well-orchestrated series of events, right? Vivid Entertainment got a hold of her sexiness with Ray J and began distribution until Kim slapped a lawsuit on the company. She is no fool.
Lucky for Vivid, Kim settled out of court for a mere $5 million – which is an interesting twist, if the rumors are true that she is the one who leaked the video.
10. TV Shows – Reality Series
Keeping Up With The Kardashians is going strong as they are currently filming Season 10 and has been a popular reality series since 2007. There have also been spin offs, such as Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons.
The family, according to TV Guide Magazine, brings in $10 million per season to share – just for the KUWTK series. While that might not seem like a lot of money, since it is shared between each of the co-stars, it is merely one avenue of their extraordinary income.
The media has already been buzzing about the drama coming up as the Season 10 promo is filled with all twists and turns.
Kim has supplied her name for four fragrances (Signature, Glam, True Reflection and Gold) and Khloé and Lamar Odom had also launched one (Unbreakable). Between all of their scents, the Kardashians are bringing in over $50 million per year, according to reports. Now every Kardashian fan – young and old – can walk around and smell just like Kim or Khloé.
8. Magazine and Advertising Appearances
Although many of our readers would be thrilled just to be featured in any magazine, make no mistake – it is a highly paid gig. According to an article in the Huffington Post, each family member is paid handsomely for all magazine engagements, just like any celebrity or model. And, ahem, if you haven’t noticed, there hasn’t been a day in the past few years when a Kardashian/Jenner was not featured on the cover or inside of at least one magazine.
As for advertising, Kendall Jenner was recently selected (11/14) as the New Face of Estée Lauder. Her fresh, 19-year-old face is being called the new “fashion muse” and “it girl”. In fact Kendall might take over the family’s public focus as she already has more followers than Kourtney, Khloe and Kylie on Instagram (17.7 million followers).
7. Personal Appearances
Being the headliner that Kim is these days, the young mother can demand anywhere from $100,000 per appearance and up to $1,000,000 for international gigs. She is even priced out “for rent” for providing escort services. Of course, we don’t mean those tawdry escort-type situations – just your average millionaire and billionaire who is looking for a high profile escort.
For example, in 2014, Kim received $500,000 for accompanying Richard Lugner, Austrian business magnate, to the Vienna Annual Opera Ball. The event did not go well, but half a million dollars later, Kim and Kris were on their way home.
It strikes some as odd that Kanye, being the egomaniac he is purported to be, would support this ‘rent-a-date’ manner of making money, but he too is all about the fame and fortune.
6. Clothing Line and DASH
In 2006, Khloe, Kourtney and Kim founded a new clothing boutique business in LA, called DASH with promises of giving their clients an opportunity to “dress like a Kardashian”. Currently, the successful chain has four locations (West Hollywood, Miami, New York City and Southampton). The reported net income for the stores came in at around $1.5 million.
But that’s not all. Sears’ Kardashian Kollection has been bringing in around $200-300 million in sales per year. Babies “R” Us has included Kardashian Kids products in their lineup. With all three of these clothing avenues, we’re guessing their share is, again, in the multi-millions.
5. Exclusive News Rights
Exclusive magazine deals can reap big rewards, particularly when the subjects are as high profile as the Kardashians. Did you know that Kim and Kris Humphries‘ exclusive wedding photos and details were sold to People magazine for $1.5 million?
Due to the extremely short length of the lovebird’s marriage, many have suspected the entire affair was a publicity stunt and income generator, however that has not been confirmed. However, we are sure that Britain’s popular OK! magazine paid $100,000 for bridal shower coverage… and the beat goes on.
According to an article in the HuffPost, each of the Kardashians are paid handsomely to tweet. Kim has been paid, or is rumored to have been paid, $10,000 for one tweet for dissing another company’s goods. And she charges $20,000 to mention and link to a brand. (This is hearsay!) But she loves a good tweet, and is so used to having her personal life exposed, her nearly 15,000 tweets are read by millions. Of course, not all are paid tweets, but even if she is paid for one-quarter of them she is doing well. Kim has denied rumors of tweet pay-outs, however.
3. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood App
The Kim Kardashian:Hollywood game is one of the latest games on the market (2014). It’s a free download but creates money- making opportunities by offering upgrades. The game is about gaining fame and fortune with animated Kim (her real voice) giving a helping hand along the way.
The game has brought in record numbers, according to an article in Forbes, and continues to climb the game charts for mobile. Players can tweet, buy and wear Kim’s clothing and work their celebrity to climb the success ladder.
Speaking of success, according to TMZ, Kim’s contract with game makers provide her with 45 percent of the net profits, which means she stands to gain millions on this little side project. It’s apparent that the Kardashian fame and ability to make money is increasing exponentially with each passing year.
2. Impeccable Timing
Although Kris Jenner’s talk show only lasted one season, the woman aggressively grabs every opportunity that comes along. Even when a few of their projects fail, publicity is still a bi-product, which increases their fame and ultimately their fortune.
Every member of the family has business opportunities coming their way all of the time, and mom Kris is always there to guide and teach them how to maximize every situation. She is a master at knowing how to parlay each step up the ladder of worldwide notoriety and is teaching her girls all about impeccable timing.
1. Kris the Momager
Kris is one of the main reasons why their family is so rich. She manages Kim’s career and has a hand in managing the careers of all her kids, therefore keeping more money within the family. Kris reportedly takes 10 percent of the family’s earnings. According to the Dailymail when asked about her empire and managing her children Jenner stated ‘Who knew it would be this profitable? I should have had more kids.’ If that amount still applies its enough to maintain quite a lavish lifestyle.