Her dad was a lawyer for OJ Simpson. That's where the Kardashian name first got recognized. Her Step dad is Bruce Jenner, an Olympic Gold Medalist. Kim was known for hanging out with Paris Hilton who is the daughter and heir to the Hilton empire. Kim was brought into fame when her sex tape with Ray Jay, Brandi's brother, was released. Brandi was a famous young teen pop singer in the 90's who was compared to the likes of Mariah Carey and Whitney Huston. She has then used the fame to start a show about her family. She launched a clothing store and has done modeling. The money wasn't just handed to her. Because of her up bringing she certainly hasn't had it hard but she has had to work to maintain her lifestyle.