(Article originally posted in EGL. Written By: Taylor Bennett)
“If you work hard, you can break barriers,” Kim Kardashian West
Kim Kardashian West’s career consists of more than posting nude photos of her famous derriere — don’t be so quick to judge. The savvy entrepreneur is a key figure in the business world and a mastermind at promoting her name. She appeared in the July 26, 2016 issue of Forbes and showed just how much she has capitalized on a massive scale. This year, she earned $51 million to land at No. 42 on Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list.
Kardashian scored big with her new mobile game, “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” which 40% of her yearly paycheck comes from. The game allows players to create their own celebrity, befriend Kim, and work their way onto the A-list.
Since its June 2014 launch, the game has been downloaded 45 million times and generated $160 million in revenue. Forbes estimates that Kardashian has pocketed $45 million from it over that period.
On Monday, Kardashian-West tweeted her picture on the cover and captioned it “Such a tremendous honor to be on the cover of @forbes! I never dreamed this would happen & know my Dad would be proud.”
“I loved videogames, growing up,” Kardashian says. “I remember I asked Kanye,‘Should I do this?’ He was like, ‘Yes!’ That’s how he got into music, because he wanted to do music for videogames and wanted to create videogames.” But Kardashian was still cautious: “I was like, ‘I wonder if people are really going to … mimic my life.’”
The glamorous Kardashian, modeled her virtual character after her own style and eye for fashion, spending time finalizing clothing ideas and okaying each storyline in the game. She signs off on every single outfit, to the eyeliner, to the hairstyles, to the color tones.
It began when, she and de Masi nailed down a contract brokered by her mother/manager, Kris Jenner, which provided Kardashian with “a small six-figure-minimum guarantee against, sources say, a whopping 40% cut of revenues, after platform fees. (Glu denies this figure),” according to the story.
Kardashian was running businesses at an early age, gaining experience at her father’s music marketing firm, then at a clothing store for four years. She began her business endeavors through buying and selling designer clothing and another successful closet organizing business with her own eBay business
Even though she came from a wealthy family, (her father was a well-known lawyer known for famously representing O.J. Simpson in his murder trial), her parents taught she and her siblings the value of a dollar.
“Our dad used to say,” according to her autobiography. “Nothing in life is for free, you girls aren’t going to get just whatever you want.”
The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star and her family reportedly signed a $100 million contract with E! in February to continue their series for the next four years. Kardashian West also owns the online and retail clothing boutique, DASH along with her sisters. That’s not it. Her “Kimoji” business, an app of emojis based on Kardashian West and her life, also brought in a lots of traffic from fans.
“Not bad for someone with no talent,” tweeted Kardashian, as her critics would say.
Congrats to Kim!
Written by: Taylor Bennett