Kylie Jenner a 'self-made' billionaire? Social media thinks Forbes went too far this time
Forbes explains themselves saying: "We consider any person who built her own fortune, and didn't inherit the money, to be self-made." But social media isn't convinced yet
Kylie Jenner is not just on the Forbes' list of youngest 'self-made' billionaires, she even features, on the cover of their August 2018 issue. And as expected, people on Twitter were baffled and outraged at how Forbes magazine doesn't seem to grasp the simple concept of self-made. While Forbes may back their decision of choosing her for the honour as legitimate, but for others (on social media in particular), Kylie Jenner as a businesswoman and the idea of 'self-made' don't go along.
She's the younger daughter of ex-Olympics medalist Caitlyn Jenner and social figure, Kris Jenner and has famous siblings - Kourtney, Khloe, Kim, Kendall, and Rob. So, which part of this exactly resonates with self-made?
But of course, if Forbes thinks so...and they seem pretty sure about it as their August 2018 cover for "America's Women Billionaires" flaunts the 20-year-old makeup mogul in all her glory. The magazine estimates her net worth to roughly $900 million, which in turn makes her the 27th-richest 'self-made' woman in the United States.
"Another year of growth will make her the youngest self-made billionaire ever, male or female, trumping Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23," Forbes reported. But exactly how self-made is she? As comedian Franchesca Ramsey pointed out via a tweet: "being born into extreme wealth & instant fame is the exact opposite of 'self-made.'"
No part of her life story has the remotest whiff of rags to riches, for it's been documented on the family reality show "Keeping Up With The Kardashians."
But Forbes explains themselves saying: "We consider any person who built her own fortune, and didn't inherit the money, to be self-made. So top executives at tech firms who are compensated for helping significantly grow companies make the ranks but not second-generation-women running family businesses."
Twiteratti just isn't convinced with the above explanation.
A Twitter user PedestrianPoet wrote: "Calling Kylie Jenner a ‘self-made billionaire’ is like claiming you made soup from scratch because you opened a can and reheated it." And along similar lines, Dominicannabis said: "Self-made will never not be a slap in the face."
Shelby Ivey Christie had some very interesting insights to share. She tweeted: "'Self-made'? Really? It’s easy to become a billionaire when you’re parents are millionaires...It’s called generational wealth + nepotism. Try Oprah Winfrey, who was raised on a small Mississippi farm by her grandmother, for self-made *whispers Kylie also isn’t a billionaire yet*."
More accurately, it would be like someone shopping for and preparing your ingredients for you, giving you a recipe, and you standing there watching it cook All she had to do was put it in the pot, stir the soup, and boom. Her making it from scratch is a stretch.— wesa (@wesa_12) July 11, 2018
Another user by the name of The Hoarse Whisperer remarked: "For the love of God, I seriously want to break something when I see the very epitome of privilege described as 'self-made.' For f*** sake, if you start the 40-yard dash on the 39-yard line, you are NOT self-made. God, this is stupid."
But the prime thrash came from Dictionary.com, as the website's official Twitter handle very sassily pointed out: "Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided. Used in a sentence: Forbes says that Kylie Jenner is a self-made woman."