American media personality Kim Kardashian West is now a billionaire, according to Forbes

US reality TV star Kim Kardashian West has joined the elite club of the super-rich by achieving billionaire status.

Her net worth reached $1 billion thanks to her cosmetics and clothing interests as well as income from TV, endorsement deals and investments, Forbes business magazine says.

Forbes calculated that the 40 year old’s worth had risen to $1 billion from $780m in October thanks especially to her stakes in the KKW Beauty cosmetics business and the Skims shapewear company.

KKW Beauty was launched in 2017 and Skims just two years ago.

Ms Kardashian West sold 20% of KKW Beauty to cosmetics giant Coty last year for $200 million, in a deal valuing the business at $1 billion.

She is now one of the 2,755 figures on Forbes’ World’s Billionaires List.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos leads the pack with a net worth of $177 billion.

Kim Kardashian West’s estranged husband Kanye West is already on the list but her half-sister, Kylie Jenner, was removed last May by Forbes. The magazine alleged her family had inflated the value of her cosmetics business.

Kim has a huge social media presence 213 million followers on Instagram; 69.7 million followers on Twitter.

She first found fame in 2007 as the star of the E! Television reality series about her family, Keeping up with the Kardashians, and has remained hugely popular since.

In February she reportedly filed for divorce from rapper Kanye West after being married for almost seven years and having four children together.