You know what they say, it's not what you know, it's who you know. That's exactly how Kim Kardashian climbed her way to the top, by knowing (or romancing) the right people. Sure, she put in some effort to get her where she is today, but you can't deny the fact that she had a ton of outside help.
Nearly eight years ago, hardly anybody knew Kim's name. Now, she's extended her 15 minutes longer than any other reality star — and it doesn't look like that clock is going to stop ticking any time soon.
Click through to see 6 people who should get a little credit for the explosive success of Kim Kardashian.
All hail, Paris Hilton. It was the blonde socialite who originally brought Kim into the public eye. Kim worked as Paris' assistant and therefore was a star by association. Paris even admitted in an interview, "I created Kim Kardashian. Her whole family owes me life." She later apologized for the comment — even though it's sorta, kinda true.