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Forbes was hotly critiqued for calling Kylie Jenner a soon-to-be “self-made billionaire” back in July, when she was poised to hit the $1 billion mark. Now she’s hit it, so they did it again.
As part of its annual ranking of the world’s richest people, the magazine named 21-year-old Jenner, who founded beauty company Kylie Cosmetics in 2015, the world’s youngest self-made billionaire. (She took the throne from Mark Zuckerberg, who became a billionaire at age 23.)
Of course, this distinction seems dubious to many people — including the folks at Dictionary.com — because the term “self-made” doesn’t square with Jenner’s status as a member of one of a famously wealthy and visible family.
And so we got another round of Kylie kommentary.
no such thing as a self-made billionaire
— JuanPa (@jpbrammer) March 5, 2019
I’m sure Kylie Jenner works hard but she is not “self-made” and we should all stop comparing our successes in our fields to the successes of people who come from wealthy, connected families cos the playing field is at 90 degrees
— Lex Croucher (@lexcanroar) March 5, 2019
Ah Kylie Jenner, those days getting up at 5 a.m. to deliver the paper in the snow, saving up every nickel!
— Deegs (@BDeegs) March 5, 2019
This is not to say that Jenner doesn’t work hard or that she has no business acumen. Not every rich kid could’ve done what she did. It’s worth pointing out, though, that Jenner had an enormous leg up when it came to building, promoting, and scaling her company. That’s something we should be able to admit.
Plus, you know, the jokes are good.