GoFundMe has become the go-to place to help others in need through the power of social media.
Between fundraisers for charities and non-profits, raising money for people who cannot afford expensive but life-saving surgeries, aiding a family who lost a parent to get back on their feet and more, the website makes it simple to financially contribute to those who need it most.
Those who are desperate for financial assistance now include the – according to Forbes – self-made soon-to-be billionaire Kylie Jenner.
Well… kind of.
Josh Ostrovsky is a well-known comedian, writer and social media celebrity. Ostrovsky created a GoFundMe to raise $100 million for the famous reality television starlet, makeup mogul and entrepreneur.
This $100 million boost would make Jenner the youngest “self-made” billionaire in the world. Others have reached the one billion mark at much younger ages through inheriting their wealth.
The current record holder is Mark Zuckerberg who made his first billion at age 23.
The description of Ostrovsky’s fundraising campaign reads:
“Kylie Jenner was on the cover of Forbes Magazine today for having a net worth of 900 million dollars, which is heartbreaking.”
“I don’t want to live in a world where Kylie Jenner doesn’t have a billion dollars.”
“WE MUST RAISE 100 MILLION DOLLARS TO HELP HER GET TO A BILLION, PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD, THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT.”
As of Sunday morning, donations for the campaign exceeded $1,700.
Of course, this campaign began as a joke.
Ostrovsky told the Daily Mail that when the campaign fails to earn $100 million, all proceeds will go to an as yet unnamed charity.
Because, after all, Jenner has achieved millionaire status and is approaching billionaire status all on her own according to Forbes – no campaigns necessary.
we need to raise $100 million to give to Kylie Jenner so she’s a full billionaire! let’s fucking go! let’s send a message! no negativity
— DarkSydePhelix (@ByYourLogic) July 11, 2018
Twitter got in on the joke, one woman joked that she’d miss a child support payment so that she could contribute.
Gotta do what you gotta do. Right?
Skipping my child support payments to help this fierce female become an iconic billionaire! I believe my daughters would support this if I were allowed contact with them!!!!
— Birdy (@palebirdy) July 11, 2018
While someone else claimed to have taken out a second mortgage on his house to support Jenner.
Sometimes aiding in the greater good requires selflessness and sacrifice.
Just took out a second mortgage to support
— aidan. (@Deansy91) July 11, 2018
We need to do this so she can be a full SELF MADE billionaire.
— Jillian Adams (@jilly_adams) July 12, 2018
Jenner, who will be 21 in August, appeared on a recent cover of Forbes – who claimed that at the rate she’s growing her empire, she could become the youngest self-made billionaire.
“At 21, she’s set to be the youngest-ever self-made billionaire.” the infamous finance and business magazine wrote.
Jenner is sitting on a $900 million throne, which she has accumulated through reality television, a cosmetics empire, social media sponsorships, and other entrepreneurial endeavors.
People don’t disagree that she has amassed an enormous fortune, but some claim that she is the furthest thing from self-made.
I’m sorry but you can’t call her self made when she leveraged her families fame into a blossoming business. Good for her but you aren’t self made when you’ve been a millionaire almost your entire life. If no one knew who she was would the makeup line have sold as much as fast?
— Jake Dougherty (@GettinItDoneInc) July 11, 2018
She might have been born with a few advantages, but she hustles and works hard to get what she has, and has accomplished more at 20 than most people do in a lifetime.
I’m pissed that everyone is bashing on Kylie Jenner now that Forbes recognized her. Yeah she was born rich but so were half of y’all and you won’t turn out nearly as successful as she is. Sis works hard for what she has AND IS A MOTHER. I don’t know what u think but she’s amazing
— Taylaa (@taaylak) July 15, 2018
Kylie deserves everything she has, she works hard, she tries hard. It does not matter if you were born in a family with advantages. She has maintained herself since she was 14 years old, and created her own company, which is the largest in the makeup industry.@KylieJenner
— Mdd'Bieber (@mddarias) July 14, 2018
Regardless of exactly how she got there, congratulations to Kylie.
No matter what people think, no one can deny that she has put in a lot of time and effort to get to where she is.