At just 21 years of age, Kylie Jenner has become the youngest self-made billionaire ever, beating Mark Zuckerberg to the milestone by two years.
For almost all of us, being a billionaire is something we will never know. To have so much money that we literally don't know what to do with it. At least that's what we imagine it feels like. Someone like Bill Gates, for instance, who is so incredibly wealthy that if he were to drop a $50 bill on the sidewalk, it wouldn't be worth his time to bend down and pick it up as he would have already earned it back in that time.
While most can accept the fact that Bill Gates is richer than God, what hits hard is when someone incredibly young breaches the billion-dollar threshold. If that kind of thing does bother you then brace yourself for some bad news. Kylie Jenner, yes that Kylie Jenner who is currently just 21 years old, has officially become the world's youngest self-made billionaire.
According to Forbes, the previous record holder was Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who became a billionaire at 23. Well, step aside Zuckerberg as Jenner has now taken your crown. The young member of the Jenner/Kardashian family has made her money via her extremely successful makeup brand, Kylie Cosmetics. Its Ulta expansion has led to the company being worth a staggering $900 million. Add on the money Jenner has already made from the venture and that officially makes her a billionaire.
We can almost feel a lot of you rolling your eyes at Jenner being labeled "self-made." She is from a famous family and undoubtedly had a head start. Jenner admits that. Almost all of her promotion is done via social media. More than 175 million people follow her across all platforms. With an audience like that, almost anyone could start up a successful business.
Forbes to the rescue again, however. The site admits that the term "self-made" covers a lot of ground. For that reason, it created a system that labels exactly how self-made its listed billionaires are. On that scale of 1 to 10, Jenner comes in at an impressive 7. Forbes defines that as "self-made who got a head start from wealthy parents and moneyed background." So there you have it. Kylie Jenner is the world's youngest self-made billionaire, whether you like it or not.