Kim Kardashian, well known for her appearances on reality TV, her curves and business mindedness first gained media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, but found greater mention in 2007 after a sex tape with her ex boyfriend Ray J was leaked. The same year she started appearing in the E! Network’s reality television’s series named “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” which casted Kim and her family. The successful show paved the path to further of spin-offs including “Kourtney and Kim Take New York” and the same led to multiple business ventures. Kim’s personal life along with her family’s personal life became a hotly followed topic in the mass media.
Over the years, Kim along with other Kardashians has established a strong and influential presence online and on social media with tens of millions of followers that has elated her to the position of most influential celebrities on social media. Kim is placed in the top ten most followed celebrities on Instagram with 87.4 million followers as of 2016.
Kim’s money comes from a variety of products tied to her name, including the successful 2014 mobile game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, a variety of clothing and products, and the 2015 photo book Selfish. Her relationship with rapper Kanye West, dubbed “Kimye” by the media, has also received significant coverage, which only boosts her influence in setting trends.
Kim Kardashian was included on Time magazine’s list of 2015’s 100 most influential people and she was described by Vogue as a “pop culture phenomenon in 2016. Kim remained the highest paid reality television star in 2015, the year in which she made $53 million. The latest net worth calculated by Forbes in 2016 puts Kim at a whooping $51 Million and at 42nd number among the top 100 celebrity earnings.