Kardashian family

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Kardashian family
Current regionLos Angeles, United States
Place of originArmenia
Connected familiesJenner; West

The Kardashian family, also referred to as the Kardashian-Jenner family,[1] is an American family that is prominent in the fields of entertainment, fashion design, and business. Founded by Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner, the family consists of their children Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, and Rob Kardashian, as well as their grandchildren. Kris Jenner's marriage to Caitlyn Jenner (then Bruce) produced daughters Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. Notable extended relatives include Kendall and Kylie's half-siblings through Caitlyn and her marriage to actress Linda Thompson: Brandon Jenner and Brody Jenner.[2][3] American rapper Kanye West is also related to the family through his marriage to Kim. American entrepreneur Scott Disick is related to the family by having three children with Kourtney.

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 is Keeping Up with the Kardashians (2007–present). Spinoffs include 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); and Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons (2014–2015); and Dash Dolls (2015).

From left: Friend Jonathan Cheban, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and her then-partner Scott Disick at a Jill Stuart fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in 2010

Family background[edit]

Robert Kardashian Sr. was the son of Helen and Arthur Kardashian. All four of his grandparents immigrated from Ottoman Empire to the United States in the early 1900s, originating from the Ottoman towns of Karakale and Erzurum which are located in modern-day Turkey.[9] The family left the Ottoman Empire before the Armenian Genocide began in 1915.[10]


The family has been criticized as being famous for being famous.[7][11] 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.""[12] Critics of the family's maintstay show Keeping up with the Kardashians have stated the family has "no real skills beyond "being famous for being famous.""[13] 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]

Family trees[edit]

Khloe Kardashian on a photoshoot for Glamour Mexico in 2018

Kardashian family tree[edit]

Jenner-Kardashian family tree[edit]

Sources for family trees:[5][14]


  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. ^ "The Events of 1915 and the Turkish-Armenian Controversy over History: An Overview". MFA.
  10. ^ "A Look Back at the Kardashian Family's Humble Armenian Roots". People. April 10, 2015. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  11. ^ Dumitrescu, Irina (September 20, 2019). "Heel Turns". TLS. Retrieved May 15, 2020.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ Mattern, Joanne (2019). Kylie Jenner. Mitchell Lane. ISBN 9781545747001.
  14. ^ 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.