Thursday, February 17, 2011

Six children: How Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner built a $65m family empire




Matriarch: Kris Jenner's family, including daughters Kourtney, Khloe, Kim, Kendall and Kylie, collectively earned around $65 million last year, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Kim Kardashian and her family made $65 million last year - more than Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Tom Cruise combined - it has emerged today.

The staggering figure was revealed in entertainment bible The Hollywood Reporter.
The family have made millions through hit reality TV shows like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and a slew of marketing deals.

Matriarch Kris Jenner is almost entirely responsible for her family's huge business empire - and even wishes she had more children to contribute to the family's earnings.

'My fantasy is to have Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Season 26,' says the 55-year-old mother-of-six.

'Who knew it would be this profitable? I should have had more kids.'

According to the Reporter individual members of the Kardashian clan are lucrative in their own right.

Kim can charge up to $250,000 just to turn up at an event.

Her sisters Khloe and Kourtney can be booked for $25,000 a piece, while their stepfather - former Olympian decathlon - garners up to $10,000.

Kim, 30, can even earn thousands of dollars just by tweeting about a product or an event.

The reality TV star - who has more than 6million Twitter followers - supposedly charges as much as $25,000 to mention and link to a brand or company in a tweet.

The Kardashians' success is staggering, especially as their fame skyrocketed after a sex tape that Kim made with her ex-boyfriend, rapper Ray J, was sold to porn video distributor Vivid Entertainment.

Power player: Kris with her ex husband, the late Robert Kardashian and their daughters Kourtney, Khloe and Kim
Jenner recalls the moment in February 2007 when her daughter told her about the explicit film.

The businesswoman - who acts as her family's manager - says she was already trying to get her family a reality TV show at the time.

'I thought: "Oh well, there goes the reality show,"' Jenner says.

Money spinner: Kim, pictured here at Charlotte Ronson's runway show at New York Fashion Week today, can charge up to $250,000 just to turn up at an event

'But you can either be a problem maker or a problem solver. And I'm a problem solver.
'My job as her mum and manager is to take care of the problem - whatever it is.

'I had to cry and get upset in the privacy of my own room and then come out and help her, because she's my daughter.

'What good is it for me to berate her?'

Jenner - who says she has never seen the tape, Kim Kardashian Superstar - hired a communications expert to help her respond to the scandal.

'I was way out of my league,' she says.

'I would never think I knew enough to care for a situation like that. What's that Kenny Rogers line?

'You got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em'.

'All I knew was that I had to make some lemonade out of these lemons fast. Real fast...

'My job was trying to take my kids' 15 minutes and turn it into 30.'

Eventually Vivid had to pay Kim a reported $5 million to sell the tape, which became one of the company's best-selling DVDs in ten years.

Later that year Keeping Up With the Kardashians debuted on the US cable channel E Entertainment.

During its fifth season the show averaged 3.5 million viewers.
In 2009 Kourtney, 31, and Khloe, 26, starred in their own reality show, Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami.

This year Kim and Kourtney launched Kourtney & Kim Take New York, the third offshoot of the Kardashian reality enterprise.

Cashing in: Kris with husband Bruce Jenner, son Rob Kardashian daughters Kim, Khloe and Kourtney and Scott Disick

source: dailymail [endtext]

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