In an online video, Fobes is saying the Jenners have lied and overemphasized Kylie’s success.


Kylie Jenner’s status as a billionaire has actually been called into concern by Forbes in a story that also raises concerns about the publication’s capability to accurately assess the finances of celebs.

Forbes, understood for its billionaire rankings, said it no longer considers the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner household to be a billionaire, a status it first conferred in March 2019.

The magazine on Friday released the outcomes of an investigation into Jenner’s financial resources, saying she and her family provided misleading details about her wealth. It now estimates her net worth at just under $900 million.

In its examination Friday, Forbes states the Kardashians and Jenners have actually invested years defending greater spots on its yearly wealth and star profits lists.

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Jenner’s brother-in-law and rapper Kanye West was consisted of on the Forbes list in April

USA TODAY connected to Jenner’s associates for talk about the report. Jenner took to Twitter, tweeting Friday that the Forbes post had “a variety of incorrect declarations and unproven assumptions” and she “never ever requested any title or tried to lie my way there EVER. duration.”

what am i even getting up to. i thought this was a credible site. all i see are a variety of unreliable declarations and unverified assumptions lol. i’ve never ever requested for any title or tried to lie my method there EVER. duration

— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) May 29, 2020

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Last November, Jenner sold a $600 million stake in her cosmetic company Kylie Cosmetics to Coty Inc, a beauty business that owns CoverGirl, Tiffany & Co. and Balenciaga, to name a few significant beauty and fashion brand names. A news release at the time stated Coty would own 51%of Jenner’s company.

Forbes called the sale among “the biggest celeb cashouts of perpetuity” and said “the transaction appeared to confirm what Kylie had been saying all along” and what it declared in the March 2019 story. Coty authorities declined to comment.

Jenner stole an approximated $340 million, after tax, from the sale, Forbes reported, however stated based upon filings and the effect of COVID-19 on beauty stocks and consumer costs that Jenner is no longer thought to be a billionaire.

Forbes also stated in its story that the family produced “tax returns that were likely created,” which Jenner’s lawyer Michael Kump said in a declaration to Individuals publication was “unquestionably incorrect.”

” Forbes’ allegation that Kylie and her accounting professionals ‘created income tax return’ is unequivocally false and we are requiring that Forbes immediately and openly pull back that and other declarations,” Kump told People.


With the success of her cosmetics line, Kylie Cosmetics, Kylie Jenner has formally surpassed Mark Zuckerberg as the youngest self-made billionaire by the age of 21, according to Forbes.


To some experts, Forbes’ about-face might put the publications’ popular rankings into concern.

James Warren, managing editor of NewsGuard, which rates the trustworthiness of news and details websites, informed U.S.A. TODAY the news talks to the importance of confirming information.

” The Kardashian claim was and remains the sort that’s simple to make, yet difficult to confirm,” stated Warren, a former Chicago Tribune handling editor. ” But it needs verification because some people utilize ‘billionaire’ as a credential of grand difference, a sort of Harvard degree, even if one measured in cash rather than scholastic achievement.”

Rita McGrath, who is professor of management at Columbia Business School, stated the story puts Forbes in a “tough spot.”

” I do believe a publication like Forbes has a certain duty to present accurate data if they are going to declare to be that source,” McGrath stated. “I believe possibly a greater level of analysis might be warranted.”


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Forbes is not the only publication that ranks billionaires; Bloomberg News has its Billionaires Index, which is a daily ranking of the world’s billionaires.

Forbes spokesperson Christina Vega told U.S.A. TODAY that this new investigation reveals the publication’s dedication to “revealing brand-new details year after year” and “willingness to set the record directly when we do get new information.”

Vega said Forbes’ “investigation was set off by newly-filed documents that exposed glaring disparities in between details privately provided to journalists and info publicly supplied to shareholders.”

” There have been uncommon circumstances in the history of the list in which individuals have actually blatantly lied to us in efforts to move their fortunes up or down,” Vega said in a declaration to USA TODAY. “We try to identify those cases as quickly as possible and report on them immediately to our readers.”

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Contributing: Sara M. Moniuszko

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