Following a seminar, a participant approached the Barometer with an interesting story. He noted that his niece had posted photos of her new apartment and boasted in the not-so-private Facebook that she was finally “on her own” and completely “independent.” However, the gentleman also noted that his sister was still paying for her daughter’s cell phone, car, insurance, and, well, a host of other expenses that apparently do not count when a millennial makes the claim of “on my own” and/or independent.
Today, Forbes announced that Kylie Jenner is the youngest self-made billionaire ever. Hmmmmm! Granted, Ms. Jenner has had a career and lip gloss sales and such, but she did so with a little help from her friends, step=family, and family. The Kardashian connection, which all began when her mother, Kris Jenner’s, nee Kris Kardashian, first husband, Bob Karhashian, was a third- or fourth-chair on the defense team in the OJ Simpson murder trial. Kylie’s father, Kris Kardashian’s second husband, Caitlyn Jenner, nee Olympian Bruce Jenner, may have brought his daughter just a bit of attention. And the Kardashians and all their Kanyes might also have brought a bit of attention to their step-sister. Whirling dervishes of family drama no doubt dredge up a little attention to a make-up line in the self-made path to 21-year-old billionaire. Gates, Bezos, Zuckerberg, and all the Chap Seat, Gram-o-rama, and Pay-Day moguls mist be grinding their capped teeth. If only they had had a reality show.