Kardashian family

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From left to right: Jonathan Cheban, a family friend; Kim Kardashian; Kourtney Kardashian; and Kourtney's then-boyfriend Scott Disick attend a Jill Stuart fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2010
Current regionLos Angeles, California, United States
Place of originUnited States

The Kardashian family, also referred to as the Kardashian–Jenner family,[1] is an American family that is prominent in the fields of entertainment, reality TV, fashion design, and business. Founded by Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner, the family consists of their children Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian, as well as their grandchildren. After Kris and Robert's divorce in 1991, Kris married Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce), and they had two daughters together: Kendall and Kylie Jenner. Notable extended relatives include Kendall and Kylie's half-siblings through Caitlyn and her marriage to actress Linda Thompson: Brandon and Brody Jenner.[2][3]

Kourtney previously dated American entrepreneur Scott Disick and have three children together. Kim is married (currently separated) to American rapper and record producer Kanye West; they have four children together. Khloé is currently dating Canadian basketball player Tristan Thompson; they have one child together. Rob previously dated American rapper and model Blac Chyna; they have one child together. Kylie previously dated American rapper and singer Travis Scott; they have one child together.

Robert Kardashian initially received attention for being O. J. Simpson's lawyer during the O. J. Simpson murder case, but the family parlayed Kim's 2002 sex tape with singer Ray J, Kim Kardashian, Superstar, into a "reality-TV and business empire."[4] They have since been referred to as "America's most famous family" by Glamour,[5] "one of the most influential family 'dynasties' in the world" by Insider,[6] and the biggest influencers of the 2010s by Vogue.[7] The family is the focus of the book Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America's Royal Family by author Ian Halperin.[8]

Best known for its involvement in reality television shows, the family's longest running show was Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007–2021). Spinoffs included Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (2009–2013); Kourtney and Khloé Take Miami (2009–2013); Kourtney and Kim Take New York (2011–2012); Khloé & Lamar (2013); Kourtney and Kim Take Miami (2014–2015); Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons (2014–2015); and Dash Dolls (2015).

Family background[edit]

Robert Kardashian Sr. was the son of Helen and Arthur Kardashian. All four of his grandparents were Armenians who emigrated from the Russian Empire to the United States in the early 1900s, originating from the towns of Karakale and Erzurum in modern-day Turkey. The family left the Russian Empire before the Armenian genocide began in 1915.[9]



The family and media give Kim the credit for helping them start their careers. The family has been criticized as being famous for being famous.[7][10] In late May 2020, Forbes released an investigation into Kylie's finances, alleging she had misrepresented her billionaire status. Writers Chase Peterson-Withorn and Madeline Berg stated, "...white lies, omissions and outright fabrications are to be expected from the family that perfected—then monetized—the concept of 'famous for being famous.'"[11] Critics of the family's mainstay show Keeping up with the Kardashians have stated the family has "no real skills beyond 'being famous for being famous.'"[12] Vogue stated the Kardashians have "...proved that although they were "famous for being famous" in the 2000s, in the 2010s they became a cultural force to be reckoned with."[7] They were given keys to Beverly Hills on September 2, 2010, which were intentionally organized to match the area's zip code: 90210.[13]

Family trees[edit]

Kardashian family tree[edit]

  • Tatos Saghatel Kardashian, m. Hamas Shakarian
    • Arthur Kardashian, m. Helen Arakelian
      • Robert Kardashian (b. February 22, 1944), m. Kris Houghton (b. November 5, 1955)
        • Kourtney Kardashian (b. April 18, 1979), formerly partnered with Scott Disick (b. May 26, 1983)
          • Mason Dash Disick (b. December 14, 2009)
          • Penelope Scotland Disick (b. July 8, 2012)
          • Reign Aston Disick (b. December 14, 2014)
        • Kim Kardashian (b. October 21, 1980), m. Kanye West (b. June 8, 1977)
          • North West (b. June 15, 2013)
          • Saint West (b. December 5, 2015)
          • Chicago West (b. January 15, 2018)
          • Psalm West (b. May 10, 2019)
        • Khloé Kardashian (b. June 27, 1984), partnered with Tristan Thompson (b. March 13, 1991)
          • True Thompson (b. April 12, 2018)
        • Rob Kardashian (b. March 17, 1987), formerly partnered with Blac Chyna (b. May 11, 1988)
          • Dream Renée Kardashian (b. November 10, 2016)
      • Barbara Kardashian Freeman
      • Thomas "Tom" Kardashian, m. Joan "Joanie" Roberts (formerly Esposito)[14]

Kardashian–Jenner family tree[edit]

Sources for family trees:[5][15][16]


  1. ^ Friedman, Megan; Gonzales, Erica (April 26, 2020). "Here's How Much Every Member of the Kardashian–Jenner Family Is Worth". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  2. ^ Kapusta, Michelle (January 9, 2019). "What Does the Kardashian-Jenner Family Tree Look Like?". Showbiz Cheatsheet. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "Updated! The Kardashians Keep Growing: Reality Stars Making Reality Babies". Radar Online. January 18, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Saad, Nardine. "Meet the Kardashians and their extended family". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Smith, Josh (May 4, 2020). "The Kardashian Family Tree: Who's who in America's most famous family". Glamour Magazine. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  6. ^ Askinasi, Rachel (May 18, 2019). "Meet the Kardashian-Jenners, heirs to a massive reality TV empire, who have a combined fortune of more than $1.6 billion and are one of the most influential family 'dynasties' in the world". Insider. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c King, Emma (December 19, 2019). "How The Kardashians Became The Biggest Influencers Of The 2010s". Vogue. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  8. ^ Halperin, Ian (2016). Kardashian Dynasty: The Controversial Rise of America's Royal Family. Gallery Books. ISBN 978-1501128882.
  9. ^ "A Look Back at the Kardashian Family's Humble Armenian Roots". People. April 10, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  10. ^ Dumitrescu, Irina (September 20, 2019). "Heel Turns". TLS. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  11. ^ Peterson-Withorn, Chase; Berg, Madeline (May 29, 2020). "Inside Kylie Jenner's Web of Lies - And Why She's No Longer a Billionaire". Forbes. Retrieved May 29, 2020.
  12. ^ Mattern, Joanne (2019). Kylie Jenner. Mitchell Lane. ISBN 9781545747001.
  13. ^ "Celebrities who were given keys to the city". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2020-11-11.
  14. ^ Jackson, Kourtnee (April 26, 2020). "The Kardashians' Aunt Joan Was in Priscilla Presley's Wedding". Showbiz Cheatsheet. Retrieved September 30, 2020.
  15. ^ Murray, Daisy (November 6, 2019). "A Full Breakdown Of All The Kardashian And Jenner Grandchildren, Because We Almost Lost Count". Elle. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  16. ^ Oppenheimer, Jerry (2017). The Kardashians: An American Drama. St. Martin's Press. p. 82. ISBN 9781250087140. Retrieved September 30, 2020.