To aging generations averse to social media and critical of the online influencers the Digital Age phenomenon develop, the premonition from Forbes this morning indicating that Kylie Jenner may already be or may soon become the youngest self-made billionaire potentially elicits a collected revolt from those abhorrent to the continued success of the Kardashian-Jenner family business.
The make-up magnate's Kylie Cosmetics and her other brand endeavors are reportedly worth more than $900 million, according to conservative estimates by Forbes in their August issue.
If these estimates hold true, that means the youngest Kardashian-Jenner is worth even more than her older sister, Kim Kardashian West, who also has her own cosmetics brand, KKW Beauty.
While the preexistence of yearslong growth in beauty brands and consumption had become visibly evident before Kylie launched her first run of limited quantity lip kits in 2015, the young mother's continued influence in the makeup industry has resulted in more established celebrities launching their own brands including her sister, Rihanna and even Lady Gaga.
The exponential success of her initially self-funded side project may also make her the youngest self-made billionaire by the time she turns 21, which is younger than when Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg or Snapchat's Evan Spiegel saw their first billion, according to Forbes.
Love her or hate her, Kylie definitely realized things in 2016 and has become one of the world's leading businesspeople eroding the traditional scrutinies of fame in order to amass a global empire founded on Gen Z sensibilities.