Once upon a time, Kris Jenner was an American Airlines stewardess. Now she’s the matriarch/mastermind behind the Kardashian empire.
Born in San Diego in 1955, Kris met well-to-do attorney Robert Kardashian at the Del Mar racetrack at age 17. Despite their 11-year age difference, the two were smitten and got married when she was 22. They then had four children — Kourtney, Khloe, Kimberly, and Robert Jr. Their life seemed pretty charmed until Robert Sr. found out that Kris was having an affair with local professional soccer player Todd Waterman. He proceeded to file for divorce, cut Kris off financially and drag her name through the mud with their friends.
In the middle of their divorce, Kris met then Caitlyn, formerly Bruce Jenner on a blind date. Five months after they met, Caitlyn went to Robert Sr. and begged him to finalize the divorce so they could start their lives together. He obliged and the couple married — they also had two daughters, Kendall and Kylie.
As her family grew, Kris took charge in making them success stories. In 2007, she approached Ryan Seacrest with the idea for a reality show starring her family. The show ended up getting picked up and 898,000 people tuned into the pilot episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
Since then the widely popular show has inspired nine spin-offs, all which have been managed by Kris. Her family have gone through plenty of scandals and sensational moments, but she’s managed to keep them insanely popular through it all.