Kim Kardashian’s net worth is an interesting topic, given her perceived lack of talent. The daughter of famed defense attorney Robert Kardashian, Kim Kardashian was thrust into the limelight in an untraditional circumstance, with the leak of a sex tape in 2007. Ever since then, the Kardashian’s have been a headline factory. Between the birth of Caitlyn Jenner, the ridiculousness of Kylie Jenner and Kanye West, the beauty of Kendall Jenner, the ongoing saga with Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, the Kardashians are in the news literally every day. Making $40,000 an episode for her reality show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim’s net worth has been steadily increasing over the last decade, earning $53 million in 2015 alone. But how much is she worth exactly?
Kim Kardashian’s Net Worth as of 2017: $100 Million
But how did a seemingly talentless woman climb to the top of Hollywood to become one of today’s most talked about and controversial stars? We take a look back.
In the year 2000, a then 19-year-old Kardashian eloped, marrying music producer Damon Thomas. He would file for divorce in 2003.
In 2003, Kim Kardashian starts dating R&B Singer/Rapper Ray-J
A sex tape featuring Kim Kardashian and Ray-J, filmed in 2003, is leaked on the internet by Vivid Entertainment. It was entitled Kim K Superstar. Kim would eventually drop the suit for a $5 million settlement.
October 2007: Kardashian, in addition to her mother Kris Jenner, her step-parent Caitlyn Jenner (then known as Bruce), her siblings Kourtney, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian, and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, began to appear in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians.
December 2007: Kardashian posed for a nude pictorial for Playboy.
Kardashian’s film debut, Disaster Movie, is released to extremely negative reviews.
March 2009: Kardashian launched an endorsement with ShoeDazzle shopping, of which she is the co-founder and chief fashion stylist.
April 2009: Kardashian released a workout DVD series, Fit in Your Jeans by Friday, with trainers Jennifer Galardi and Patrick Goudeau.
August 16, 2009: Kourtney and Kim Take Miami premieres.
Also in 2009, Kardashian become a guest host of WrestleMania XXIV, was a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model in August of that year, and released her first fragrance self-titled “Kim Kardashian”
January 2010: Kardashian starred as Summa Eve in the film Deep in the Valley.
July 1, 2010: The New York City branch of Madame Tussauds revealed a wax figure of Kardashian.
November 23, 2010: Kim, Kourtney, and Khloé wrote an autobiography titled Kardashian Konfidential.
Also in 2010, Kardashian ventured into several new endorsement deals, including endorsing various food products for Carl’s Jr. Beginning in early 2010, Kardashian and her sisters designed and developed clothing lines for Bebe stores and ‘Virgins, Saints, and Angels’.
April 2011: Kim Kardashian releases her third fragrance, “Gold”.
May 2011: Kardashian become engaged to NBA player Kris Humphries
January 23, 2011: Kourtney and Kim Take New York premieres.
After 72 days of marriage, she filed for divorce from Humphries on October 31, citing irreconcilable differences.After filing, Kardashian asked the court to order Humphries to pay his own legal expenses. On December 1, Humphries filed his response to Kardashian’s petition, requesting an annulment on the grounds of fraud, or if the court would not grant an annulment, a decree of legal separation rather than Kardashian’s requested divorce.
October 2011: Kardashian and her sisters opened their Kardashian Khaos store in Las Vegas.
Also in 2011, Kardashian filed a $20 million lawsuit against Old Navy and its parent company, Gap Inc. for right of publicity.
March 2012: Kardashian debuted her fourth fragrance, titled “True Reflection”
Also in March 2012: Kardashian and her sisters were named in a $5 million class action lawsuit against QuickTrim, the weight loss supplement they endorse.
April 2012: E! renewed Keeping Up with the Kardashians for two additional seasons, in a deal reported to be worth $50 million.
Also in April 2012, Kardashian began her highly publicized and profitable relationship with Kanye West, despite still being legally married to Kris Humphries.
October 2012: Kim Kardashian released her fifth fragrance, “Glam”, which “draws on the glamour of her Hollywood lifestyle”.
December 31, 2012: Kardashian and West announced that she was pregnant with the couple’s first child.
February 2013: A judge ruled that Kardashian’s divorce case with Humphries would go to trial, and set a trial date for May. However, on April 19, 2013, 536 days after Kardashian’s initial divorce filing, she and Humphries reached an undisclosed divorce settlement, avoiding a trial. The divorce was legally finalized on June 3, 2013.
June 15, 2013: Kardashian gave birth to daughter North West.
October 21, 2013: Kardashian and rapper Kanye West become engaged.
May 24, 2014: Kardashian and Kanye West married at Fort di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
June 2014: A Kim Kardashian based app, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, is released, adding yet another source of income for Kardashian.
April 2015: Kardashian and West traveled to the Armenian Quarter of the Old City in Jerusalem to have their daughter, North, baptized in the Armenian Apostolic Church.
May 2015: Kim Kardashian released a portfolio book called ‘Selfish’, a 325-page collection of self-taken photos of herself.
As though Kim Kardashian could have gotten even more exposure, the star got even bigger when she released her line of Kimojis and her iPhone app, which she said contributed to “cashing [a] 80 million dollar video game check and transferring 53 million into [Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s] shared bank account.”
All bragging aside, it’s true that Kim Kardashian was one of 2016’s biggest businesswomen, so much so that she was featured on the cover of Forbes.
Though it’s a money-maker that most celebrities tend to partake in, Kim Kardashian truly did create the game of Instagram endorsements. And that innovation paid off. Kardashian now makes up to an estimated $25,000 per sponsored Instagram photo.
In 2015, Forbes reported she had “made more this year than ever as her earnings nearly doubled to $53 million from 2014’s $28 million” and said she “has monetized fame better than any other.” The very next year they ate their already complimentary words… Kardashian surpassed not only their expectations, but those of many others. As of this year, Kim Kardashian’s net worth is at least $100 million.