Kylie Jenner closing gap to become 'youngest self-made US billionaire'

Published: July 12, 2018 14:02:37 | Updated: August 16, 2018 21:15:14

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Former Keeping Up with the Kardashians star Kylie Jenner is worth $900 million (£680 million) at just 20 years of age, says Forbes.

The business magazine said the social media star is on track to become "the youngest-ever self-made billionaire".

The fashion guru, the youngest of the Kardashian clan, launched a cosmetics firm two years ago.

By comparison her half-sister, Kim Kardashian West, 37, has to scrape by on a measly net worth of $350m.

Jenner, who is currently not old enough even to legally drink alcohol in the US, will turn 21 in August as her Forbes cover edition hits newsstands.

"What her half-sister Kim Kardashian West did for booty, Jenner has done for full lips," Forbes writes, describing her famous pout.

Earlier this week Jenner, a mother of one daughter named Stormi, announced she would stop receiving lip injections, known as dermal fillers.

Jenner admitted during an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in 2015 that her natural lips had been "an insecurity" that she wanted to change with temporary lip fillers.

She later launched her brand Kylie Cosmetics, which included a line of lip products designed to help customers make their lips look bigger through over-lining and filling.

Her surgically enhanced style has spawned a trend, plastic surgeons say, with more women requesting fuller lips.

Jenner's company, which she wholly owns, is worth $800 million, according to Forbes.

She is number 27 on Forbes' list of richest self-made women in America, leap-frogging Barbra Streisand ($400 million), Beyonce Knowles ($335 million) and Taylor Swift ($320 million).

Jenner is on track to become a billionaire earlier than Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, who achieved that status at age 23.

Evan Spiegel, the owner of Snapchat, also became a billionaire in his early 20s, but it is unclear exactly when he met that goal.

"Wow. I can't believe I'm posting my very own @forbes cover," she wrote to her 110 million Instagram followers on Wednesday.

"Thank you for this article and the recognition. I'm so blessed to do what I love everyday. I couldn't have dreamt this up!"

Dictionary.com tweeted about the Forbes piece: "Self-made means having succeeded in life unaided."

Jenner first rose to fame at the age of 10 when she appeared with her family on their eponymous reality show, reports BBC.

On social media, several users scoffed at Forbes' use of the term "self-made", pointing out that Jenner's parents were already wealthy and famous.

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