It is perhaps difficult to find a more popular family clan today than the Kardashian family . However, we should not forget that they owe all their finances, connections and media exposure to one woman. The latter, by the way, did not have all this. There was neither a decent education nor a model appearance. How Kris Jenner was able to become the most influential leader of a famous family and stop counting pennies until her next salary, you will find out with us in the next few minutes.
“I always knew that I would be rich. The question of how I would become her was already the second,” the head of the Kardashian family later admitted in one of the episodes of the reality show. But it all started out rather ordinary. Kris Jenner (Houghton’s maiden name) was born in San Diego. The father left his wife and daughter when the latter was 7 years old. To somehow help her mother, who was barely making ends meet, at the age of 12, Chris began working as a donut seller and a cleaner.
The brunette realized already in her youth that no school grades, let alone college, would help her in life. That’s why she bet on a successful marriage. After all, the latter could bring significant dividends. At the age of 16, Chris begins to look for a suitable candidate. The first such option was professional golfer Cesar Sanudo. The man was not a “golden child.” However, he had $2 million in his account and rent for a house in Beverly Hills. Sounds solid, doesn’t it? But not for our heroine.
Chris did not think about marrying the first person she met. Cesar was nothing more than a ticket to a better life for her. And soon she had the opportunity to meet the future father of her children. Of course, we are talking about lawyer Robert Kardashian. By the way, according to the official version, they met on the plane on which Houghton worked as a flight attendant. Alas, in reality everything was much more pragmatic. So, the future Jenner came to the races, knowing that Kardashian loved them.
It is worth noting that Robert was one of the eligible bachelors of Beverly Hills. And marrying him was automatically equivalent to a golden ticket. True, the lawyer paid attention to Chris only as a temporary toy. It would seem that for the time being everything was fine with everyone. But soon they were caught by Sanudo, who was not going to tolerate the betrayal of his chosen one.
First successful marriage
According to the customs of that time, Kardashian was obliged to marry a young girl after this. But the whole point is that the lawyer himself put all his bets on an alliance with Priscilla Presley. Fortunately for Chris, Elvis’s ex-wife had no intention of becoming an obedient housewife. And, of course, she spoke directly to Robert about this. The latter had no choice but to remember his former mistress.
Over the next three years, Chris could not boast of anything other than her status as the “girlfriend” of one of the most eligible bachelors in Beverly Hills. There is nothing to be surprised here, because Kardashian was not going to spend his money on a “back-up plan”. And the presence of a lover did not prevent him from looking for a more profitable match. But at some point he gave in and proposed to Miss Houghton.
Having gained access to the finances of her now legal spouse, the next day Kris Kardashian bought herself a new Mercedes, several Chanel dresses and even a Chopard watch. And with the birth of Kourtney and Kim, she insisted on buying a mansion with an area of 650 square meters. The area was chosen, of course, from among the prestigious ones. The Kardashian estate itself had tennis courts, a maid’s house and even a swimming pool.
And soon their mansion became the center of Hollywood social life. After receiving her husband’s permission, Chris began throwing parties. Having come off in all the past years, the lawyer’s wife was not afraid to undergo plastic surgery. Now she was unrecognizable. True, Robert himself suspected his chosen one of cheating. Moreover, the man believed that Chloe’s daughter was not his own at all. However, he never decided to take a DNA test.
New husband – new opportunities for enrichment
After the birth of Robert Jr., Chris completely stopped hiding her lovers from her husband. So, the woman started an affair with football player Todd Waterman. The head of the family was not going to tolerate such open betrayal of his wife, much less the fact that his wife was spending his money on some athlete. Immediately followed by a divorce and blocking of all cards.
“I had nothing. One day I went to the market. My credit card didn’t work. I thought: “I can’t even buy tomatoes,” the socialite later admits in an interview. The situation, surprisingly, was saved by another party organized by barter. It was there that Kris managed to meet Olympic champion Bruce Jenner. In 1991 they got married.
“We took out Bruce’s gold medal, dusted it off, hung it in a frame in his office, and the award became our motivation. We wanted to be champions again .” Commercials, product promotions and more Jenner appearances followed. Chris had funds in her account again. Meanwhile, the woman gave birth to two daughters from the athlete.
It seemed that money would always flow from the name and face of the new husband. But Kris Jenner wouldn’t be herself if she hadn’t taken advantage of this new income opportunity. Therefore, when one friend suggested that she film a reality show, she immediately agreed. “I could never have imagined that my family, my home, would one day become an entertainment empire.” It is worth noting that the reality show about the life of the Jenner family not only became a megahit, but was also at the top of television ratings for 14 years.
Money, status and popularity
In 2015, a divorce followed from Bruce, who soon came out, introducing himself as a transgender woman named Caitlin. He will soon publish memoirs in which he will state that Chris knew about his desire to change gender. The socialite herself only shrugged it off in response. Like, the decathlete makes everything up.
Meanwhile, business in the name of the Kardashian family made it possible to establish the production and release of various branded products, including clothing, cosmetics and even vitamins. Chris helps kids with their businesses and receives 10% of the income from each product, TV show or project. In total, this allows her to replenish her bank account with $230 million.
The entrepreneur invests her earnings in real estate and her own children. After all, she knows that wealth must be carefully saved in case of unforeseen situations. And in her house, Kris Jenner even hung a picture with a motivating inscription: “It’s hard to be God, but we can do it.” But is everything really so wonderful in the life of one of the most influential women?
Kris’s sister, Karen Houghton, believes that Jenner’s workaholism is explained quite simply. Behind closed doors, the socialite is deeply unhappy. But confirming this is not so easy. After all, the 67-year-old entrepreneur has been in a relationship with 39-year-old Corey Gamble for more than 4 years. And Kris Jenner herself clearly does not look like an unhappy woman. She, as she wished, was able to achieve money, status and popularity.