Kylie Jenner to unseat Mark Zuckerberg as ‘youngest self-made billionaire’; draws flak, praise

/ 11:12 PM July 12, 2018
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Privileged or self-made? Kylie Jenner is set to beat Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as the “Youngest Self-Made Billionaire.” While it is true her cosmetics company, Kylie Cosmetics, is worth multimillions, netizens do not agree that the term “self-made” applies to Jenner.

Forbes released an Instagram photo for the cover of the Aug. 31 issue of the magazine yesterday, July 11. The magazine highlighted the fact that the 20-year-old Jenner is on the way to becoming the “Youngest Self-Made Billionaire,” unseating the current titleholder Zuckerberg who had his first billion at 23-years-old.


The magazine cover was accompanied by an article explaining how the socialite made $900 million (around P4.8 billion) in less than three years: by taking full advantage of her stardom and making good use of social media as a platform.

While fans of the beauty businesswomen rejoiced on the latest achievement of the youngest Kardashian-Jenner, others weren’t as happy with the title she was given. Netizens are pointing out the fact that Jenner shouldn’t be called “self-made” as she was born into an already rich family.

One netizen, Lola (@lola_adewuya), said that calling Jenner “self-made” is “not inspiring or motivating for anyone” because it undermines the real meaning of the word: “Calling Kylie Jenner self-made without acknowledging anywhere the incredible head start she had is what allows people to turn around and look at poor people and ask them why they haven’t become billionaires yet. Her story is not inspiring or motivating for anyone.”

In another tweet, she stated that if there should be someone celebrated for being “self-made,” it should be Jenner’s mother, Kris.

Meanwhile, the official Twitter account for Dictionary.com also took a jab on Forbes’ cover. “Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided,” its post stated yesterday, July 11. “Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman.”

The online dictionary’s Twitter account even went as far as to give the link for the online definition of the word “self-made.”

Other netizens seem to think that Jenner deserved being labeled as a “self-made billionaire” because while she was born into a multi-millionaire family, she did work and is continuously working hard.

Kylie Jenner established her cosmetics company on 2016 when she was 19-years-old. The youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan was known for her “big lips” which she used as the basis of the “lip kits” that started her business venture. JB


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