Los Angeles: Reality TV star and make-up mogul Kylie Jenner has become the world’s youngest self-made billionaire, according to Forbes billionaires’ list. The 21-year-old founded and owns Kylie Cosmetics, the three-year-old beauty business that generated an estimated $360m in sales last year, reports bbc.com.
She reached the milestone earlier than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who became a billionaire aged 23. “I didn’t expect anything. I did not foresee the future. But (the recognition) feels really good. That’s a nice pat on the back,” Kylie told Forbes.
The list shows Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, remains the world’s richest man. His fortune totals $131bn, according to Forbes, up $19bn from 2018. But the billionaires’ combined worth is down from $9.1 trillion at $8.7tn.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s wealth is among those falling. It has dropped by $8.7 billion in the past year to $62.3 billion, according to the Forbes list. His shares in Facebook at one point lost a third of their value as the company battled privacy scandals.
Of all the billionaires on the list only 252 are women, and the richest self-made woman is real estate mogul Wu Yajun of China, worth an estimated $9.4 billion. The number of self-made women reached 72 for the first time, up from 56 a year ago.