Who Is Karen Houghton, Kris Jenner’s Sister and What is Her Net Worth?

Karen Houghton is the only sister of Kris Jenner, the American media personality, socialite, and businesswoman who became famous for starring in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Karen (born November 24, 1958) is 65 years old. She is an American author an a professional nurse, and her net worth currently stands at $9 million. 

Since the revelation of Karen Houghton as the sister of the famous Kris Jenner, many people have been eager to know more about her. So, here is all you need to know about Kris Jenner’s sister.

Summary of Karen Houghton’s Bio

  • Full name: Karen Houghton
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of birth: November 24, 1958
  • Karen Houghton’s Age: 65
  • Ethnicity: White
  • Nationality: American
  • Sexual Orientation: Straight
  • Marital Status: Divorced
  • Karen Hughton’s Net worth: $9 million
  • Famous for: Being Kris Jenner’s younger sister

Karen Houghton Was Born In 1958

Karen Houghton is 65 years old as she was born to her parents Mary Jo Campbell and Robert Houghton in New York City on the 24th of November, 1958. She is of mixed ethnicity and is an American by nationality with her zodiac sign being Sagittarius

Details on Karen Houghton’s childhood background are not available as she has not disclosed much about herself but as we already know, Karen is not the only child of her parents as she has an elder sister named Kris Jenner and a stepbrother whom she grew up alongside.

The two sisters were raised by their mother who took custody of them after she and their father got divorced. Their mother later remarried a man named Harry Shannon with whom she had a son named Steve – who is Karen Houghton’s stepbrother.

In the aspect of her educational background, the celebrity sibling is well educated as she had her basic education in yet-to-be-identified primary and secondary schools before proceeding to get enrolled at San Diego State University. However, the degree and certificate she obtained from the institution is not public knowledge due to the fact that she is a very private person and rarely talks about her personal life.

She and Her Sister Share An ‘On and Off’ Relationship

Karen Houghton and Kris Jenner share a strange relationship and have been back and forth in their rapport as sisters which had always made them appear in newspaper headlines. Karen most times is referred to as the elder sister of Kris Jenner as she looks older but in reality, Kris Jenner is the older one.

Due to the misunderstandings with her older sister, Karen Houghton had also severed ties with her sister’s kids Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, Kendall, and Kylie. The sisters met at Kim’s baby shower in June 2013 and while they they still seemed distant from each other.

Karen Houghton

Karen had earlier declined to go to her niece’s (Kim Kardashian) wedding to musician Kanye West in 2014. She was given the opportunity to attend the lavish wedding in Paris, but she turned it down out of fear that the California wildfires would burn down her house. Karen, playing down her absence at Kim’s wedding to West told the tabloids that she had already been to her niece’s first two weddings and that she had traveled to France before.

Even though Karen and Kris disagree on so many things, they both believe that family precedes any other relationship and have openly admitted to loving each other, stating that they will always be there for each other through thick and thin.

Karen Houghton has always had contentious affairs, and this contributed to creating a rift between she and her sister. Their relationship deteriorated as Kris Jenner is not comfortable with the kind of men her sister is attracted to as she believes they are all men of questionable character.

Kris and Karen reconciled in December 2019, one year after the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star was chastised for allegedly failing to visit her sister, Karen, in the hospital after the latter was hospitalized for yet-to-be-ascertained medical reasons. This singular act affected Karen who blamed their strained relationship on Kris’ celebrity status and fame.

Since reuniting in 2019, Karen Houghton and Kris Jenner have been said to be frequently visiting each other which has also been affirmed by the former’s daughter’s post on her social media account.

Karen’s Older Sister, Kris Jenner, Is An American Media Personality and Entrepreneur

Kris Jenner who was born Kristen Mary Houghton is an American media personality, socialite, and businesswoman who became famous after featuring in her family’s reality television show titled Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

Besides being a reality TV personality, Kris Jenner owns a production company named Jenner Communications located in Los Angeles. She also opened a children’s boutique named Smooch – with her eldest daughter, Kourtney. The reality TV star has also been involved in the management of her daughter’s career.

Kris also launched a clothing line in 2011 which she named Kris Jenner Kollection with QVC and joined hands with her daughter, Kim Kardashian, to launch a perfume collaboration called KKW x Kris in April 2020.

Karen Houghton Has Dated And Married Men Of Questionable Character

Information on her personal life shows that Karen Houghton was married to Mark Zettel and they both share a daughter named Natalie Zettel. After six years of marriage, they split in 2002. For some reason, she was compelled to request a protective order against her ex-husband in San Diego County Superior Court at the beginning of 2009, according to Daily Mail.

Additionally, she acknowledged that her daughter, Natalie, was in danger due to Mark’s erratic and hostile actions as he frequently abused drugs and was said to have been bullying her.

Moving on from her divorce, she began dating Steven Edward Thorton who was a known criminal with a record of over 12 arrests in California and burglary and theft in Tennessee. Their affair, however, was short-lived as the duo went their separate ways with Karen back to court barely two years after getting an order for her ex-husband to ask for another protection order from Steven Edward Thornton.

Karen Houghton is presently not known to be in any relationship.

Karen Houghton Is An Author And A Nurse By Profession

Popularly called the crazy aunt of Kardashian, Karen Houghton is an author and she released her first cookbook, Naturally Gourmet Cookbook, in 2010. She also released the second edition of the cookbook in 2013. But besides writing about recipes, Karen Houghton is also a part-time nurse in San Marcos, California. Not so much is known about the intricate details of her nursing career.

Karen loves to maintain a low profile and so has always avoided being in the spotlight unlike her sister, Kris Jenner, who enjoys being in the limelight.

What Has Karen Houghton Been Up To Presently?

Not much is known about what Karen is currently doing as she has chosen to avoid the spotlight. Her daughter Natalie, wants to be a model and is currently making headways in the industry. Even though Natalie is the ideal combination of beauty and poise of the Kardashians, she has never been featured on Keeping Up With The Kardashians show.

Karen Has A Huge Net Worth

Karen Houghton

Karen Houghton’s net worth is estimated to be $9 million, which is gotten from her career as a part-time nurse and an author. On the other hand, her popular sister, Kris Jenner has worked as an entertainment manager and reality TV personality, accumulating a net worth of $90 million.

Karen derives a sizable portion of her fame and wealth from the 2007 season of the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians on the E! Cable Network.

Hugo Wright
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