The internet is tearing itself apart after finding out Kylie Jenner and Jay-Z have the same level of wealth. It has led to discussions of black wealth and how we compare old and new money.
Earlier this week, Forbes released its list of the richest celebrities. Factoring in net earnings, company ownership, and other assets, they estimated how much the 10 wealthiest celebrities are worth.
Topping the list was George Lucas, with an estimated worth of $5.7 billion. Next were Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, and Michael Jordan, respectively. Tied for fifth place were Kylie Jenner and Jay-Z, with $900 million apiece.
There were those who felt Jay-Z deserved more respect for his position.
kylie jenner at 21 networth is the same as jay z at 49, Chris Rock said it better
— ㅤ ???????? ???????????? ???????????? (@NoChill4D) December 19, 2018
The difference between black and white wealth . Black wealth has to be accumulated. White wealth is inherited. Thank you for coming to my TED Talk. https://t.co/QWRAjxtK0w
— ✨ lex. ✨ (@getlikelex_) December 19, 2018
I have checked out the Forbes List of America's Wealthiest Celebrities where its a tie at $900m between rap Mogul, Jay Z and reality star, Kylie Jenner.
I pick Jay Z any day for starting from scratch without any inheritance – not money, not fame but a shrewd business acumen.
— Ahmad Muto (@MUTOHD) December 20, 2018
@BuzzFeed really just released an article claiming that black People were mad at Kylie Jenner for being as rich as Jay Z…nah niggas we mad bc Jay Z had to work a million times harder for money that Kylie got for a makeup line bc of her name..we’re mad at white privilege.
— Zari Muhammad (@Zari_Muhammad) December 20, 2018
jay z helped create the culture by which kylie jenner uses to her monetary benefit ???? https://t.co/OyASsFXB5I
— show me tiddies damn (@taratadatiddy) December 20, 2018
Fuck Kylie RT @Exhibit__J: People are literally mad that Kylie Jenner and Jay Z made the same amount of money this year. Lmao.
— Cheshire Cat (@MurderCeWrote) December 19, 2018
Jenner accumulated much of her wealth from her cosmetics line, launched two years ago and estimated to have made more than $630 million. Jay-Z has been making his money from his stakes in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac, along with the streaming music service Tidal.
Jay-Z said in an interview with Forbes:
“That was the greatest trick in music that people ever pulled off, to convince artists that you can’t be an artist and make money,”
Kylie’s wealth is very impressive for her age.
People angry that kylie Jenner tied with jay z on Forbes rich list..name one relevant thing jay z has done all year
— legranbanan (@legranbanan) December 20, 2018
everyone thats mad at kylie jenner for having the same net worth as jay z because shes only 21 better have the same attitude when blue ivy is worth a billion by the time shes a teenager
— t (@troymelendez_) December 20, 2018
I don’t see how people can compare and criticize Kylie Jenner’s net worth vs Jay Z’s. As if she didn’t put it the work to achieve it.
— Jimmy Sanchez (@JimmySanchez2) December 20, 2018
Insane that all day I have been seeing people upset because Jay Z ONLY made as many millions of dollars as Kylie Jenner.. yous are weirdos.
— The Keto Columbus. (@tweetbigly) December 19, 2018
Also can’t believe how mad ppl are bc Kylie Jenner net worth is the same as Jay Z, scrambling to make up excuses for him
— yo (@itsyourrgirlC) December 20, 2018
This scenario has led to a discussion on who is more deserving. Jay’s fans have discussed how he came from nothing and earned his way to the top with his rap career and business investments. But on the other hand, despite coming from money, Kylie has much more wealth than her sisters, making her no slouch either.
However, some feel it’s best to remember they’re both obscenely rich.
I really don’t see the big deal about Kylie Jenner and Jay Z having the same net worth. Don’t @ me
— Victoria Robles (@victoria4rose) December 20, 2018
Kylie Jenner is an inspiration though – forget all that "she was born into money" shit!
Jay Z a legend though, a role model!
— Married Boy (@JimohRapport) December 20, 2018
I was reading the Kylie Jenner and Jay Z being tied with the wealth mentions shit and y'all give me a headache, whew.
— Ｃｏｃｏ???? (@voguingdisaster) December 20, 2018
Wow y’all on here arguing about Kylie Jenner and Jay Z when neither one of them have a dime for you ????????????????????????
— Vellano ☭ (@Lil_Ethiopia) December 20, 2018
Jay Z is not going to lose any sleep over Kylie Jenner so pls zip it
— That Zaza Uncle ???????? (@JoEforever91) December 20, 2018
The list rounds out with David Copperfield, Diddy, and a tie between Tiger Woods and James Patterson, both at $800 million.