Were it not for the seminal (tee-hee) cinematic masterpiece known as the Kim Kardashian sex tape, there would be no Kardashian media empire to speak of.
A decade after the film's release, however, Kim is no longer the most bankable member of America's second-most famous family of fame-obsessed egomaniacs.
Yes, proving once again that the Kard clan has far more staying power than its harshest critics feared, the younger sisters of Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe are raking in bank and showing no signs of slowing down.
And as if that weren't enough, now a whole new generation of Kardashian-Jenner offspring has caught the attention of millions of social media users.
Will all that clout translate to future earnings?
Tough to say, but here's who's at the top of the Kardashian money heap as of right now:
1. Kendall Jenner: Estimated Net Worth, 18 Million (and Rising)
As Steve Harvey reminded us, during the Kard clan’s recent appearance on Family Feud, Kendall was the highest paid model in the world in 2017. But walking the runway doesn’t pay what it used to.
2. A Financial Plan of Attack
But even though she’s currently the lowest-earning among her sisters, those who analyze this sort of thing closely say Kendall might be the most financially savvy.
3. Branching Out
The biggest money may be in reality TV and social media influencing, but Kendall is looking at the big picture and refusing to put all her eggs in one basket. Will it pay off? Well, whatever happens, she’s not dependent on the E! Network and Instagram for her cashflow.
4. Kourtney Kardashian: Estimated Net Worth, 35 Million
Yes, the mother of three is worth almost twice as much as Kendall. Her work might not be as high-profile, but those who know Kourtney best say she stays on her grind 24/7.
5. The Family Business
Kourtney’s earnings come primarily from her work on Keeping Up With the Kardashians (she’s an executive producer, as well as one of the show’s stars) and her social media endorsement deals with brands like Lyfe Tea.
6. Fun Fact:
Kourtney was actually the first member of the family to make a foray into reality TV. In 2005, she starred in a sngle season of the season of show Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive, in which heirs and heiresses were made to work as ranch hands. And you thought you knew everything about the Kards!
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