When it comes to reality TV stars, it’s safe to say that the Kardashians reign supreme. And although little sis Kylie comes in a close second these days, the most famous Kardashian is arguably the one who first put the famous family on the pop culture radar: Kim Kardashian. It’s hard to believe the quiet girl who got her start as a stylist to bigger celebs like Brandy Norwood and Paris Hilton is now one of the world’s biggest (and richest) celebrities — and while she was in her early 20s when we first met her, Kim celebrates her milestone 40th birthday on Oct. 21.
Even if you aren’t a fan of reality TV, you’ve gotta give Kim props. Sure, she was born into an already wealthy family. However, she could have simply coasted on that. Instead, she’s built a veritable empire for herself. Did you know that she actually developed the idea for her and sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian to start their retail chain Dash when she was still in high school? It turns out Kim has always been an entrepreneur at heart and, over the years, she’s worked hard to diversify herself. She’s found success doing so, too… to the tune of an estimated $780 million net worth.
In addition to her reality TV stardom and retails endeavors, Kim has also found time to squeeze in — oh, you know — marrying billionaire rap and fashion mogul Kanye West, having four beautiful children, fighting for the freedom of the wrongly incarcerated and much, much more. So, in honor of the reality TV-personality-turned-global-superstar’s 40th birthday, let’s take a look at her evolution.