From “breaking the internet” to getting paid to attend her own birthday parties and launching several businesses, Kim Kardashian has cemented herself as one of the biggest names on television. The socialite-turned-TV personality proved there’s basically nothing she can’t do — including living the family life.
Kim and her husband, rapper Kanye West, are anxiously awaiting their latest arrival — baby No. 3 born via surrogate. Read on to find out how she built an empire worth millions.
Kim Kardashian Net Worth: $175 Million
Kim Kardashian’s earnings in the 12-month period ending June 2017 were estimated at $45.5 million, according to Forbes. An expert at monetizing her fame, she brings in money from endorsement deals, clothing lines, branded merchandise, perfume, a makeup line and lucrative mobile ventures.
Her various business ventures have brought Kardashian’s net worth to $175 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. This is more than the $160 million net worth of her husband, Kanye West, bringing their combined fortune to $335 million. Their combined net worth makes them one of the richest celebrity couples.
Despite her three-month social media blackout and subsequent loss of digital endorsement deals following the October 2016 night she was robbed at gunpoint in Paris, Kardashian’s earnings dropped only $5.5 million from the previous year.
‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’
In early 2015, the Kardashian family reached an $80 million agreement — with rating bonuses — to continue “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” for another three seasons, with an option for a fourth, TMZ reported. According to U.K.’s Mirror, Kim Kardashian’s share of the deal was $15 million. Since viewers wanted a glimpse into the home life of Kardashian and her husband, she reportedly receives a $5 million bonus every time Kanye West appears on camera, according to Mirror.
Beyond the family’s flagship show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” has generated numerous spin-offs that Kardashian has been involved with. She starred on “Kourtney & Kim Take Miami” from 2009 to 2013, and “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” from 2011 to 2012. She also appeared on Caitlyn Jenner’s television show, “I Am Cait” and her brother Rob’s show, “Rob & Chyna.”
In addition to her various E! reality shows, Kardashian has also tried her hand at acting. She appeared in Tyler Perry’s film “Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor” and four episodes of the television series “Drop Dead Diva.” Kardashian will make an appearance in the upcoming movie “Ocean’s Eight,” which is set for a 2018 release.
Kim Kardashian’s Career
A social media maven, Kardashian has 106 million followers on Instagram and 58 million on Twitter. A savvy marketer, she gets paid up to $500,000 from companies to promote their products on Instagram, according to Us Weekly.
The queen of endorsements has even found a way to get paid for attending her own birthday bashes. Kardashian has held several birthday parties at The Venetian’s TAO nightclub on the Las Vegas Strip. In 2014, she reportedly was paid $500,000 to appear at the party and entertain guests for at least four hours. Also in 2014, she received $500,000 to attend the Vienna Annual Opera Ball as the guest of Austrian businessman Richard Lugner.
Her recent endorsements include SugarBearHair Vitamins, Artis makeup brushes, Fit Tea drinks, Diclegis morning sickness medication and the Atkins diet.
Kim Kardashian’s Businesses
Among her many business endeavors, the mobile industry is Kardashian’s most successful money maker. Kardashian expanded her Kimoji app to include a line of merchandise and continues to push exclusive content through her app. She also continues to bring in cash through her lucrative “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood” cellphone game, which has generated nearly $200 million in revenue since 2014, Forbes reported.
Kardashian previously partnered with her sisters to design the now-defunct Kardashian Kollection for Sears, which brought in $600 million in 2013 and earned the trio a combined $30 million. The trio also had a children’s clothing line, Kardashian Kids, which was sold a number of retailers including Babies “R” Us and Nordstrom.com. Kardashian and her husband launched their own joint children’s wear venture, Kids Supply. And to top it all of, she co-authored the books “Kardashian Konfidential” and “Dollhouse” with Kourtney and Khloe for an undisclosed sum.
Kardashian and her two oldest sisters also own DASH, which has locations in Los Angeles, Miami and New York. Though financial growth records have not been released, Khloe revealed on her app that when the sisters opened the original store in 2006, it did not make a profit for several years.
Outside of her retail businesses, Kardashian has made money by selling her discarded clothes, shoes and accessories on eBay. As of 2014, she had sold over $212,000 worth of goods on the site, donating around $21,000 to charity and pocketing the rest.
In June 2017, Kardashian launched her KKW Beauty makeup line, which includes contour and highlighting kits. She also collaborated on a lipstick collection with her youngest sister, Kylie Jenner. Less than three hours after its initial launch, Kardashian’s KKW line had sold out all 300,000 of its kits, raking in an estimated $14.4 million, TIME reported.
Kim’s Marriage to Kris Humphries
Although she finally found love with Kanye, he wasn’t Kardashian’s first husband. At the age of 19, Kim eloped to Las Vegas with Damon Thomas, a music producer. The couple filed for divorce in 2003.
In May 2011, after six months of dating, Kardashian got engaged to NBA player Kris Humphries. Humphries enlisted the help of her mother to plan the proposal, where he presented his bride-to-be with a 20.5-carat ring. The couple married a few months later, on Aug. 20, 2011, in a lavish wedding that cost an estimated $10 million — and Kardashian earned a reported $2 million off the occasion. Unfortunately for the couple, they barely made it past the honeymoon, as Kardashian filed for divorce just 72 days later.
Kim’s Marriage to Kanye West
Kanye West proposed to Kim Kardashian in October 2013 at AT&T Park in San Francisco. The musician rented out the stadium for his elaborate proposal, which cost more than $6.2 million, according to an estimate from Vanity Fair. This includes the estimated cost of the 15-carat diamond engagement ring that Yeezy presented.
The couple married on May 24, 2014. The couple’s lavish $12 million wedding weekend included a rehearsal dinner at Versailles in France and a glam squad for guests to get their hair and makeup done. Their taste in real estate is equally lavish, as they purchased an $11 million Bel-Air mansion in 2013, but then decided to sell it before they even moved in. They currently own a $20 million Hidden Hills, Calif., estate purchased in 2014. The house sits on 3.5 acres of land and includes two pools, two spas, two barbecue areas and its own vineyard.
The couple has two young children: daughter North, 4; and son Saint, 3. Kardashian confirmed in September that the couple is expecting another daugther via surrogate, due in early January 2018. Having a baby via surrogate can cost upward of $180,000: $3,000 for pre-pregnancy costs, including health screenings and legal procedures; monthly payments totaling $80,000 to $120,000 during the pregnancy; and an additional post-pregnancy lump sum equal to a third of the compensation, according to estimates by Fortune magazine.