Name: Kimberly Noel Kardashian
Born: October 21, 1980
Occupation: Model, fashion designer, television personality
It pains me just a bit to realize Kim Kardashian is only a couple of months younger than I am. I’m not jealous, and I certainly don’t want her lifestyle, but I wish I was as successful in business and life as she is.
That said, the Kardashians are often lumped together as a group and don’t always get as much attention individually as they deserve. Born in Los Angeles, CA to parents Kris (now Jenner) and Robert (deceased). Sisters Kourtney and Khloe and brother Rob are full biological siblings. Brothers Burt and Brody and sister Casey are step-siblings. Kendall and Kylie Jenner are half-sisters via mom’s second marriage to Bruce Jenner.
Kim’s career came to the public light as the result of a Hollywood scandal. Kim had originally married Damon Thomas at the young age of 19. They divorced three years later. After the divorce, Kim became very close to Paris Hilton and began dating the singer known as Ray J.
In 2007, Vivid Entertainment leaked a sex tape that had been made by Kim and Ray J. Kim actually sued Vivid and the matter was settled out of court for $5 million. Later that same year, E! approached Kim and her family to commission them for the reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
Kim has made it clear in several interviews that an adult life of luxury was not something stressed throughout her childhood. She spent every Sunday in church and knew that once she turned 18 she would not be allowed to “live off the family dime.” She worked for her father’s company and she (and her siblings) inherited his company after he passed away. They ultimately sold the company but worked hard to build a business and name for themselves.
Kim has created several workout videos and has also worked as a wardrobe stylist and actress. She and her two sisters also opened the boutique shop known as D-A-S-H, featured in Keeping Up with the Kardashians as well as in the two spin-off series that follow the sisters to New York and Miami.
Kim Kardashian’s love life has been the subject of intense scrutiny. As if the early marriages and sex tapes weren’t bad enough, Kim made headlines when she and basketball player Kris Humphries married in 2010 and then filed for divorce a mere 72 days later. While Kim filed for divorce, Kris filed for an annulment, claiming the marriage had been fraudulent. It took until April of 2013 for their divorce to be finalized.
Of course, that didn’t stop Kim from seeking new love. Kim started dating Kanye West in early 2012 and the couple gave birth to their daughter, North, in June of 2013. The couple became engaged in October 2013 and were married on May 24, 2014 in Florence, Italy. Kim Kardashian’s net worth is currently estimated to be $40,000,000.
How much is $40 million?
It’s enough to live a lavish lifestyle while doing a TON of charity work. In the days leading up to Kim and Kanye’s wedding, there was a lot of social buzz about the millions they were “wasting” on a wedding when they could have been doing so much good with their money instead.
A few of things about that:
- They earn their money legally and can do what they want with it.
- Kim Kardashian currently supports anywhere from 17-22 different charities and causes, including the Alzheimer’s Association, the Dream Foundation, the Skin Cancer Foundation, and Generation Rescue.
- Kanye West currently supports at least 19 different charities, including the Common Ground Foundation, the Red cross, Habitat for Humanity, Live 8, and Human Rights Watch.
Doesn’t look like there’s a ton of room for complaint there.