Here’s the news that probably none of us needed, ahead of rising unemployment rates, potential widespread evictions and skyrocketing cases of Covid-19: Kim Kardashian West is potentially a billionaire.
Recently, Kardashian West sold stakes in her beauty business, KKW Beauty, to the tune of $200 million. Forbes is reporting that the deal bumps her net worth to $900 million, although her husband, rapper Kanye West, took to Twitter to claim that she is now officially a billionaire.
“I am so proud of my beautiful wife Kim Kardashian West for officially becoming a billionaire,” he wrote. “You’ve weathered the craziest storms and now God is shining on you and our family.” The tweet came with a “still life” image of vegetables and flowers, arranged artfully on the ground.
Twitter users responded by critiquing West en masse. One user suggested that “those who have somehow kept their businesses afloat and/or recovered from COVID [sic] have ‘weathered the storm,’” as opposed to Kardashian West. Another more directly slammed him for citing being a billionaire as “a measure of success when Black people are dying, the world is burning and the economy [is] failing.”
To add seeming insult to injury, Kardashian West also recently posted about her “14 gorgeous Friesian horses” — a new purchase — in a post that received its own wave of backlash.
Kardashian West is not the first member of her family to achieve questionable billionaire status. Half-sister Kylie Jenner, founder of Kylie Cosmetics, was named a billionaire by Forbes magazine in March 2019, although the magazine later back-tracked from that assessment.
Whether or not Kardashian West is indeed a billionaire, she would likely win fans by taking a page from fellow female founder Sara Blakely’s book. The billionaire founder of Spanx recently offered to distribute $5 million to 1,000 female entrepreneurs struggling amid the coronavirus crisis.