The Kardashians have sidesplitting, frenzied and always engaging character traits and family dynamics. They sprouted into the limelight following their father’s defense role in the widely publicized O.J. Simpson Case. As a successful attorney and a good friend to O.J. Simpson, Robert George Kardashian volunteered to join Simpson’s legal team in his defense. At the time, he had been divorced from his first wife Kris Houghton Kardashian for three years with whom he had had three children – Kourtney, Kimberly, Khloe and Robert Kardashian.
Meanwhile, his family’s fame was brewing. Kimberly ‘Kim’ Kardashian shot to fame as Paris Hilton’s best friend while his ex-wife married her second husband – gold-medalist Bruce Jenner. In October 2014, E! announced that it would produce a reality TV show centered on the Kardashian family. The show became so successful that it went on to get the richest reality TV show deal in history (at the time).
The show has also made its cast very rich and successful. Its cast – all the members of the Kardashian family – includes Kris and Bruce Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Rob Kardashian, Kylie and Kendall Kardashian, as well as Lamar Odom and Kris Humphries. Here are 25 interesting things about the Kardashians that you probably never knew.
25. Kris Jenner Has an Estimated Net Worth of $125 Million
Kris’ net worth was first padded out during her divorce from her first husband, lawyer Robert Kardashian. However, she’s now going through a divorce with Bruce Jenner and, given that she is richer than Bruce, she risked having to split her wealth in half if the divorce finalized.
Kris has become known as a preeminent reality TV star and the world’s foremost pushy showbiz mom, and through managing her very famous kids she has amassed huge personal wealth and a significant public profile.
24. Kourtney Kardashian Got Breast Implants for Her 22nd Birthday
Kourtney Kardashian made a rash decision to get breast implants when she was 22. A graduate of a Catholic high school, it seems Kourtney was keen to change up and sex up her image. Eight years later, the mother of three regrets her decision. In an interview with PopCrunch, Kourtney says, “It was so dumb, it was kind of an impulse.”
Although she may not be an icon for many young girls to follow – Kourtney had earned the bulk of her success through revealing storylines on reality TV – she serves as a warning yo young women against making impulsive decisions about surgery.
23. Kim Kardashian’s 14th Birthday Was Held at Neverland Ranch
The world’s It girl Kim K has always had high profile friends; she was hanging out with Nicole Richie long before the two were famous worldwide, and she has been frequenting celebrity hangouts since her teen years.
In an interview with People Magazine, Kim Kardashian said that her 14th birthday was one of her most memorable birthdays. She described Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch as the most magical place in the world. She was dating one of Jackson’s nephews at the time.
22. The Name Kardashian Means ‘Son of a Stonemason’
They may be one of the world’s most recognized and wealthiest families in the world today, but the Kardashians’ name hints at humbler roots in their ancestry. In fact, the Armenian Kardashian name means ‘son of a stonemason.’ The family gets the name from Kris’ first marriage to Armenian-American Robert George Kardashian.
Some of the Kardashians’ half-siblings share the name of Jenner, Kris’ second husband.
21. Kendall Jenner Has an Estimated Net Worth of $3 Million
Kendall’s success has come early compared to that of her sisters Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. For instance, she graced the cover of Australian Vogue at the age of 17 compared to Kim’s 31. The Daily Mail predicts that with such a head start, she could outperform her siblings.
She’s already forging a career for herself outside of reality TV as a fashion model, and has walked the runway for New York, Paris and Milan fashion weeks. She’s also co-authored some YA novels.
20. Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton Attended the Same Pre-School
While attending the same preschool, Kim and Paris forged a strong friendship. Paris even introduced Kim to some of her friends after she told her of her ambitions to become a stylist.
However, after the two hit the town as teens and made their names known on the Hollywood circuit, Kim was catapulted into the limelight, making Paris jealous and killing the friendship. Former society It girl Paris has since been taken over by Kim in the fame game, though they both rose to prominence the same way – through their respective sex tapes.
19. Kris Jenner’s Minimum Rate to Tweet about Company Products is $5,000
Apart from earning about $50,000 per appearance, Kris also makes about $5,000 for every product tweet she makes. Kris’ business savvy is so strong that she once got a rash because she was in a place with no cell service.
Kris, although listed as one of the most annoying women in celeb land, has well over 5 million followers on Twitter so her tweets have a guaranteed audience which appeals to hungry advertisers.
18. Khloe Kardashian Has an Estimated Net Worth of $18 Million
Khloe’s net worth comes from a myriad of places. She makes $40,000 per episode of her family’s show, the E! Entertainment behemoth which has long been suspected of being less reality, much more scripted.
Khloe also makes at least $13,000 per tweet, $75,000 per appearance, a substantial amount from her Unbreakable fragrance, and $1,000,000 as an X-factor co-host.
17. Bruce Jenner Has an Estimated Net Worth of $100 Million
Bruce’s astounding wealth comes primarily from his two companies – JennerNet and Bruce Jenner Aviation. He also cashed in from endorsing Wheaties during the 1976 Olympics. Today, he brings in $35,000 per episode from the Kardashian reality show and $40,000 from giving speeches.
Bruce has recently been causing quite a stir in the tabloids. Following a high-profile divorce from Kris Jenner there were rumours – as yet unfounded – that he was transitioning from male to female. In the midst of these rumours, he found himself involved in a car accident which proved fatal for one driver. While Jenner’s personal life may be unravelling, however, his finances seem to be securely in place.
16. Kim Kardashian Beat Britney Spears as the Most Googled Celebrity In 2008
Britney Spears held the title of Most Googled Celebrity spot for four consecutive years before Kim dethroned her. Since then, Kim’s photos, news, bio and videos are the most searched on the web, and she continues to ‘break the Internet’ repeatedly.
But did she ever actually break the internet? Some revealing photos of Kim’s ample behind in a recent magazine spread claimed to, but most agree it was another of Kim’s overhyped – but very successful – publicity stunts.
15. Bruce Jenner Practiced For 8 Hours a Day to Win the Gold Medal in 1976 Olympics
While Bruce Jenner isn’t known for much more than his reality TV appearances these days, his achievements in the world of sports are the most significant part of his story.
Bruce finished 10th during the 1972 Decathlon Olympics, but that didn’t hold him back from achieving his dreams of the gold. In fact, he became motivated and exercised for 8 hours a day for the 1976 Olympics. He crashed his previous record, placing at number one and walking away with the gold medal.
14. To Endorse a Company, Kim Kardashian Requires At Least $750,000
For Kim Kardashian to put her name on a product, she requires a minimum rate of $750,000 to $1,000,000. She also requires five first class tickets, first class hotel rooms, airport greeter service, exclusive transport, and a glam fee for appearances.
Is she worth all that money? Considering she was the first reality TV star to appear on the cover of Vogue, and boasts over 29 million followers on Twitter alone, Kim’s name is currently a safe bet to ensure publicity for a product.
13. Kris and Robert Kardashian Divorced When Kourtney Kardashian Was 12
Kris was Robert Kardashian’s first wife. Robert was a high-profile lawyer best known for his involvement in the notorious O.J. Simpson murder trial.
The pair divorced in 1991, when Kourtney was at the tender age of 12. Kris was married to Bruce Jenner just one month after her split from Kardashian. For his part, Robert went on to become engaged to Denice Shakarian Halicki. He married Jan Ashley and divorced her. Six weeks before his death, he married Ellen Pierson.
12. Kim Kardashian Has an Estimated Net Worth of $65 Million
As if Kim didn’t earn enough from her advertising revenue, she earns a full $80,000 per episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians as the series’ biggest star. She makes between $100,000 and $1 million for every appearance and at least $10,000 per Twitter endorsement. She also made a substantial $5 million from her sex tape copyright lawsuit.
Kim has recently married wildly wealthy artist Kanye West, of course, and the wealth of the two combined makes for one of Hollywood’s most glamorous and enviable couples.
11. Rob Kardashian Earns $20,000 for Every Episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Rob Kardashian is widely considered as the ‘poor’ Kardashian. However, he pulls in $20,000 for every episode of the Keeping Up with the Kardashian show and has a net worth of $2.75 million. His success also comes from the pop group BG5, which he played a big role in forming.
Although his net worth certainly pales in comparison to that of his sisters and even his mother, Robert seems to have made the choice to stay under the radar. He’s chosen not to sell out for publicity’s sake.
10. Khloe Kardashian Dropped Out Of High School
Khloe dropped out of the Marymount High School after her sisters graduated because she felt that she had no friends and therefore no reason to be there. She does not regret her decision as she cleared three years of high school in one year, graduating at 17.
Of course, coming from a wealthy family background and landing a lucrative reality TV deal meant Khloe had the means to pursue her own business ventures – including a fashion line – despite lacking a particularly well-educated background.
9. Kourtney Attended the Same College as Nicole Richie
The Kardashians have always moved in celebrity circles. Indeed, Kourtney attended the University of Arizona alongside Nicole Richie and Luke Walton, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts and a minor in Spanish.
Nicole never graduated from the university. She dropped out after only two years owing to the lack of a well-structured study plan. Like her sister, Kourtney managed to turn her academic misfortune into a fortune, thanks to clever business acumen, luck and a huge reality TV deal.
8. Kim Kardashian’s App Reportedly Makes At Least $700,000 Per Day
The app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood has become one of the most inexplicable viral successes of the decade. It’s ostensibly free to play, but there are plenty of add ons that can be purchased for real money within this highly addictive game.
All you have to do is download the free game, purchase virtual clothes and hairdos, and get yourself from the E-list to the A-list. The success of this Kim K-endorsed game places it at the top of the gaming apps in 2015 along with other successful apps like Candy Crush.
7. Rob Kardashian’s Lucky Number Is 34
Besides his lucky number being 34, Robert Kardashian has 16 tattoos on his body and his roulette numbers are 3, 4, 7, 11, 26 and 32. Sticking to his numeric fixation, Rob changes his mobile number an average of 10 times annually.
Rob seems to have a lot of superstitions and secrets, but could any of his hang-ups have something to do with a secret love child he’s been known to allude to?
6. Scott Disick Watches Seinfeld Every Night before Bed
Scott doesn’t always get portrayed in a positive light on the Kardashians’ reality television program, and it can be easy to slot him into the evil villain role. Yet, this little tidbit hints that in some ways he might just be the same as the rest of us: While eating copious amounts of snacks every night in bed, Scott, Kourtney Kardashian’s husband, enjoys an episode of Seinfeld before sleeping.
He says he enjoys pretzels and Goldfish crackers, and has a hard time sleeping at night.
5. Kourtney Kardashian Gets At Least $125,000 for Every Appearance She Makes
Kourtney Kardashian doesn’t pull in quite as much to show her face as sister Kim, but she is paid at least $125,000 per appearance. This forms a substantial part of her income, second only to her earnings from her many reality TV endeavours including Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kourtney and Khloe take Miami, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Kim take New York.
Of course, like all the Kardashian girls, Kourtney makes money promoting products via tweets too. She boasts 13.7 million followers on the social network.
4. Scott Disick Has an Estimated Net Worth of $12 Million
Scott is certainly making bank from reality TV, but he gets the bulk of his wealth from his parent’s inheritance. He moved in wealthy circles long before he became a reality star, and it was through his many powerful connections and friends that he first met his Kardashian wife.
Today, his appearances on the Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami shows are complemented by his investments in tanning businesses and nightclubs.
3. Khloe Lost Most of Her Hair Following Her Dad’s Demise
You wouldn’t guess by looking at her, but following her dad Robert’s death in 2003, Khloe Kardashian became distraught to the point that her hair fell out. She resorted to wearing wigs and using hairfinity – an idea that, it seems, worked. Her hair is now fully grown and thicker compared to what it was before her father’s death. This condition, brought on by stress, can sometimes be permanent – so it seems Khloe got lucky.
2. The Kardashian Kids Never Lived in the Same House after Their Parent’s Divorce
The Kardashian-Jenner family tree is a complex one. Kourtney and Rob Kardashian chose to live with their dad Robert after Kris and Robert divorced, while Kim and Khloe stayed with their mom. Kim and Khloe bonded with the extended Jenner family and saw their half-sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, grow up.
As a consequence, Rob didn’t have a close relationship with mother Kris growing up – he lived with his dad until he died.
1. The Keeping Up With the Kardashians Deal with E! Is Allegedly For $40 Million for Three Seasons
The wildly successful show that would set the tone for celeb-inspired reality TV premiered on October 14, 2007. By 2012, it had shot six seasons and had made huge stars of the whole Kardashian clan.
E! renewed the show’s contract for three more years at a reported sum of $40,000,000 for seasons seven through nine. Its success has resulted in spin-off shows such as Khloé & Lamar, Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Khloé Take the Hamptons, and Kourtney and Kim Take Miami.
Sources tmz.com, hollywoodlife.com
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