It's hard to decipher whether Kim Kardashian had world domination on her mind during the filming of the infamous sex tape that catapulted her to notoriety, featuring R&B singer and boyfriend at the time, Ray J. However, the end result was pretty much just that. Eight short years since the tape's release, and much to the dismay of many, the Kardashians seem to have slowly taken over the world. You can't even go to your local convenient store without seeing an image of a Kardashian, followed by a scandalous headline on one or more of the tabloids. And of course, you've seen the household name no less than 50 times while maneuvering through the web and social media, before making your way to this very article. The Kardashian women have certainly built an empire that cannot be denied. Here are 9 signs that the Kardashians are slowly taking over the world; whether we like it or not.
9 Famous For Being Famous
The family (namely Kim) receives tons of flak for being famous for no real reason, and are perpetually parodied on many comedy shows, but with all that fame, comes all that power. Although the origins of the Kardashian broods fame can really only be traced back to one little infamous sex tape, the entire family, 3 generations worth, is today known by the free world on a first name basis. Admit it, KKK makes you think of only two things. The Ku Klux Klan or Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian.
8 The Kardashian Brand
The Kardashians have become so famous that they have cleverly managed to take advantage of their popularity by successfully branding themselves. They sell everything from designer clothing out of their DASH! boutiques, to bottled water, which Kim explains in an interview sells out constantly because their image is featured on the bottle and fans consider them collector's items. Kim Kardashian recently revealed that she is planning to release a book of selfies, titled Selfish in April 2015, which will no doubt sell out among die hard Kim Kardashian fans.
7 Immensely Popular Kim Kardashian App
Kim Kardashian teamed up with Glu mobile to endorse the app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, which was released in July of 2014, and raked in hundreds of millions of dollars in just the first month ($85 million of which the socialite was able to pocket). An EPA Office of Water was caught playing the game when she accidentally tweeted her progress. An author at jezebel.com admits to having spent nearly $500 on just the first few times of playing the addicting game. Before Glu decided to partner up with Kim in order to increase the popularity of the app, the game was known as Stardom: The A-list and was virtually unknown and not nearly as lucrative until Kim's association. The game is frequently among the top 10 most downloaded and top earning games in the app store.
Game cheat: if you set the time in your phone to hours ahead, you can level up on energy without having to spend a dime on in-app purchases. You're welcome.
6 Power Couple: Kim and Kanye West
Kim's relationship with Rap superstar Kanye West, instantly took her from Z-list reality television star, to A-lister, practically over night. The pair have become the most talked about couple ever since, and their marital union has brought their combined net worth to $184 million. Kim has gone so far as to hyphenate her last name to include West, a move she has never previously done with her first two marriages. Kanye has mentioned in interviews that he intends to use his connections within the realm of high fashion to open doors for his wife. The couple's wedding photo is ranked as the most liked picture on Instagram, with over 2.4 million likes. The pair welcomed a daughter in 2013, and the trio are frequently photographed in matching outfits while out on the town.
5 Jenner Half Siblings Have Become Equally As Famous
The popularity of Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney has trickled down to their younger half siblings, 17 year old Kylie, and 19 year old Kendall Jenner, who are just as talked about as their older sisters. The two teenagers spent their lives growing up on the reality show, and frequently admit in interviews to being so accustom to the fame and attention that they really wouldn't know what to do without it. Rumors of a Jenner spin-off were a buzz until Kendall confirmed that she was more interested in pursuing a modeling career of her own, than in continuing with the reality TV family tradition.
4 Talked About On Every Website
The Kardashians are heavily featured on gossip sites such as TMZ, toofab.com, fishwrapper.com and countless others, including right here on therichest.com. It's virtually impossible to surf the cyber web without running into an article involving the popular bunch, whether it be the numerous plastic surgeries they've had, a new hair style, or their dating habits.
3 The Kardashians Have Taken Over Social Media
All of the sisters are among the top 11 most followed instagram accounts: Kim taking spot no. 2, Kendall no. 7, Khloe no. 9, Kylie no. 10, and Kourtney no. 11. They have a combined following of over 45 million. Kardashian family affairs are constantly trending on social media outlets such as Twitter and Facebook.
2 Constantly Headlining The Tabloids
It is rumored that the famous family is among some of the celebrities who have developed a business relationship with the tabloids, in which an agreement is made to keep fabricated sensationalized stories in the papers to maintain their relevancy. As the saying goes, no publicity is bad publicity, especially when you have a clothing line to promote. For the Kardashians, headlines translates into sales sales sales, as well as ratings. Although they do a good job of seeming irritated by the paparazzi, some have gone so far as to suggest they have the paparazzi on speed dial.
1 Combined Net Worth Of Over $240 million
The Kardashian Klan have a combined net worth of approximately $239 million placing them among the 1% of richest families in the world. To break it down: Bruce Jenner $100 million, Kris Jenner $30 million, Kim Kardashian $64 million, Khloe Kardashian $20 million, Kourtney Kardashian $18 million, Kylie Jenner $3 million, Rob Kardashian $2.75 million and Kendall Jenner $2 million, and that's without adding the net worth's of new family members.