It’s astounding to think that a family, who are more or less famous for nothing, have helped launch the careers of so many others. And if it wasn’t launching someone’s career, they were helping them earn hundreds of thousands of dollars — in some cases even millions. How? Well, the Kardashian brand is one that cannot be compared to anything else. Talking bad about them is going to get a lot of bad publicity, but being their friend is going to get you so much further — at least that seems to be the case when judging those who have been named in the list below. From those who had dreams of becoming singers, to those who just needed their 15 minutes of fame and ended up furthering their social media following by bashing the Kardashians. Befriending them or dissing them can help you in different ways. See below for the ten celebrities who have profited the most of this fascinating family, and see who managed to play their cards the best.
10. Pia Mia
Pia Mia built quite an astonishing following after her best pal, Kylie Jenner, introduced the songstress to her millions of followers in 2013. The twosome have remained the best of friends throughout the years, often sharing photos of one another on their social media accounts, which evidently helped Pia’s followers grow immensely. So when it came down for her to release some music, it didn’t come as a surprise to see her song ‘Do It Again’ surpass 130 million views on YouTube alone. The song has reportedly gone platinum following its release earlier this year.
9. Ray J
Ray J is so-to-say the man who put the Kardashians on the map in the first place. We’d all like to believe that if it hadn’t been for this RnB singer, the Kardashians would’ve never made it this far to begin with. Whatever way you want to look at it, just remember that Ray J is still making money from that infamous adult tape the couple filmed of themselves almost a decade ago. Earlier this year, it was claimed that whenever something scandalous comes out regarding the Kardashians, the adult tape increases in sales, and Ray J is believed to make up to $250,000 a year from it.
8. Jordyn Woods
Many of those who follow Kylie Jenner on Instagram may have wondered who Jordyn Woods is. The aspiring model is constantly featured in photos, but nobody really knew where she came from and what she does for a living. Well, she was actually just another good friend, who eventually earned herself a modelling contract with Wilhelmina in New York through her affiliation to the socialite. Kylie helped promote some of her friend’s photos online, which evidently helped Woods land her untimely modelling deal. Be sure to see more of her in the future.
There’s no denying that Tyga has made a fortune through the Kardashians, who have helped him make more money than he’s ever made before. Now that he’s dating Kylie, and tends to be really good friends with her sisters, the rapper has learned how to brand himself in a way where money is always rolling in. Thanks to the Kardashians, Tyga landed his own reality show earlier this year, followed by a multi-million dollar deal to sponsor gold rolling paper for marijuana. Thanks to the Kardashians, Tyga is now also good friends with Kanye West.
6. French Montana
Who can forget about French Montana. Say what you want about this so-called rapper, but he used every opportunity he could in order to make sure he profited from his relationship to a Kardashian. French dated Khloe for a year before the twosome decided to call it quits. But during their time together, French managed to make it through a season on the Kardashian reality show, where he reportedly received a huge sum of money. Furthermore, the launch of his so-so music career saw an incredible boost. In 2014, you couldn’t enter a club without hearing a French song.
5. Malika Haqq
Not many people know what Malika Haqq actually does for a living, and quite frankly, neither do I. We always see her on Keeping Up With the Kardashians, being the best friend to Khloe, which is fine, but what does she do? Well, a little research showed that Malika is an actress, but tends to make most of her own money through club appearances. Her involvement with the Kardashians would’ve put her on a platform to host parties and clubs, because without them, I don’t think she would be able to be paid to party. Do you?
4. Jonathan Cheban
Oh, Jonathan Cheban. What are we going to do with you? There is no way Jonathan would miss out on making the cut for this list. After all, he spends the majority of his time with Kim Kardashian. The duo are really good friends, but it’s a fact that Jonathan has been able to build a brand for himself, all thanks to his friendship with Kim. Jonathan recently launched his very own celebrity/gossip blog, which has been doing very well in terms of traffic. Enough to fund his luxurious lifestyle.
3. Adrienne Bailon
Adrienne Bailon spent years of her life talking about her failed relationship to Rob Kardashian to anyone who would listen, which many believe helped her get to where she is now. Rob reportedly cheated on Adrienne, which led to their breakup, but Adrienne would constantly bring it up. Even to this day, she mentions how she used to date a Kardashian who broke her heart. After almost a decade, it gets tiring. She’s had reality shows and now co-hosts a talk show where her relationship to Rob has been heavily discussed. She has certainly made good money through milking this story.
2. Blac Chyna
Former stripper Blac Chyna is making millions these days, but that may have been because of her good friendship to Kim. Well, let’s just say “former good friendship.” Chyna became the best of buds with Kim in 2013, since the two had given birth around similar times, so motherhood, friends and relationships were things the pair tended to have in common. If you are considered a friend to Kim, it is very likely that companies will take note of you and want to work with you. That’s sorta what happened for Blac Chyna, who is now endorsing endless companies, doing appearances, and launched her own business last year. Their friendship ended when Kylie began dating her ex-boyfriend, Tyga.
1. Nick Cannon
Nick Cannon has made a lot of money throughout his career as a TV-personality, but it’s rumored that even the Kardashians helped him out in that department. Many of you may already be aware of the fact that Nick and Kim were seeing one another for almost a year before Kardashian’s sex tape came out and the relationship turned sour. Their relationship was very public, and once Kim landed her own reality show, Nick began speaking out about their romance more and more. This would eventually lead him to sign on for his own program, titled Wild N Out. Could there be a connection between the two? Whenever Nick is doing an interview, he never fails to mention that he slept with Kim, presumably for the fact that it can help his reputation on ratchet reality TV.