PHOTO: Kim Kardashian. ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images) PEOPLE
Kim Kardashian made the Forbes World’s Billionaires list for the first time in 2021. But just how wealthy is the entrepreneur and “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star?
Celebrity Net Worth lists the Kardashian sister’s net worth at $1.4 billion and her estimated annual salary at somewhere between $50 million and $80 million per year. Her net worth skyrocketed in recent years with the launch and success of KKW Beauty.
In 2017, Kardashian’s net worth ranked at just $175 million, enough to make her the richest Kardashian at the time, according to Forbes. By 2021, Kardashian had a highly successful cosmetics line plus a stake in Skims, a shapewear company, and a lucrative mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” under her belt. These endeavors along with endorsements, appearance fees, Instagram sponsorships and her career as a reality TV star landed her on the Forbes list of billionaires this year.
A savvy businesswoman, Kardashian sold a 20% stake in KKW Beauty for $200 million, which gave the company a valuation of $1 billion following the fundraising round. In 2019, Kardashian followed up her successful beauty line with Skims shapewear, launched with the help of $5 million in seed money from the venture capital firm Imaginary Ventures, according to Celebrity Net Worth. By 2021, Skims had achieved a valuation of $1.6 billion following a successful funding round worth $154 million.
Kardashian started her reality TV career earning just $15,000 per episode for her role on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” By the end of the show’s 20 seasons, she was earning half a million per episode, according to Celebrity Net Worth. In 2015, she earned $53 million from the TV show and her various pursuits, making her the highest paid celebrity on the planet that year.
In addition to her retail brands, Kardashian makes substantial income from Instagram, collecting $300,000 to $500,000 per paid post, with some garnering as much as $1 million, Celebrity Net Worth reported. The site estimated her Instagram earnings to total $1 million to $2 million each month.
She also earns residual income from downloads of her mobile game, which has generated $200 million in revenue, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The site says a hefty 28% of those earnings go straight to Kim Kardashian.
Kardashian purchased a $4.8 million Beverly Hills mansion in March 2010. The five-bedroom home sits on four acres of some of the world’s most expensive land, Celebrity Net Worth reported. She and soon-to-be-ex-husband Kanye West own a $60 million home in the gated community of Hidden Hills, California. The couple purchased it from Lisa Marie Presley in 2014 and spent two years remodeling it — only to re-do it in 2016. The three-acre property includes two swimming pools, two spas, a vineyard, a basketball court and, of course, a mansion.
In 2013, Kardashian purchased a Bel Air, California mansion for $9 million and sold it for $18 million in 2017.
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