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Could The Kardashians Buy BlackBerry If They Wanted To?

Kim Kardashian said she hoards old BlackBerry phones from eBay, just in case. But could her family buy the company?

Could The Kardashians Buy BlackBerry If They Wanted To?
Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West [Photo: Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho, WireImage, Getty Images]

Multi-hyphenate national treasure Kim Kardashian was a special guest at Re/code‘s Code/Mobile conference last night, speaking with tech reporter extraordinaire Kara Swisher about her social media empire. At one point, Mrs. Kardashian-West casually mentioned the fact that she is addicted to her BlackBerry, which she uses mostly for email, among other things. Then she said this:

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That got us thinking: Could the Kardashian Clan™–between their reality TV fiefdom, clothing lines, iPhone games, and absurdly wealthy extended family–maybe, hypothetically, for funsies, straight-up buy BlackBerry if they wanted to?

Short answer: No, probably not. Despite the years of snowballing losses, BlackBerry is still worth $5.4 billion.

But that’s no fun. So we did some unscientific number crunching. Here’s what we found, tallying the net worth of each member to see how much of BlackBerry the clan could snatch up if they decided to forego food, shelter, Louboutins, and whatever other important assets they have at their disposal. (Let us know if we missed something.)

Between the dadcore earrings and cereal endorsement deals from the ’70s, former Olympian Bruce Jenner is estimated to be worth an eye-popping $100 million. His significant other, mama-Kardashian-in-chief Kris Jenner, is estimated to be worth $20 million as of June 2013, according to OK! Magazine. (Her late husband, Robert Kardashian, entrusted her with his $100 million estates when he passed in 2003.)

So far, that’s $120 million, and we haven’t even gotten to the kids yet, the most notable of whom is, of course, Kim. Between her sponsorship deals, makeup line, clothing line, and other Kardashian-branded business endeavors, Kim is estimated to be worth $65 million. That, of course, is before you account for her megahit mobile game, Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, which could bring her in an insane $200 million annually. Let’s tack on about a one-year shelf life for the game, and generously bring Kim up to $265 million.

Then there’s Khloe ($18 million), Kourtney ($20 million), and Rob ($3 million, Lol). Kourtney’s husband, Scott Disick, is reportedly worth $12 million.

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Then there are the Jenner kids. Kendall, whose career as a runway model is starting to gain steam, is worth about $3 million and climbing. Kylie, who was recently pegged as the most influential of the Kardashian Clan among teens, is worth about $2 million.

(Right now, we’re at about $443 million.)

Then, there’s Kim’s husband, Kanye West. Between the production royalties, album sales, concert revenue, and nascent career designing expensive clothes, Mr. West is estimated to be worth about $100 million. (Which is a paltry sum compared to his BFF and frequent collaborator Jay Z, who has a net worth of $520 million.)

So between everyone in Kim’s orbit, Kardashian, Inc. could theoretically put together $543 million to buy a minority stake in BlackBerry. Or, if Mrs. Kardashian-West so desired, she could stock up on 704,134 unlocked BlackBerry Passports and be set for a few lifetimes.

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Chris is a staff writer at Fast Company, where he covers business and tech. He has also written for The Week, TIME, Men's Journal, The Atlantic, and more

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