It’s always interesting to see what traits kids inherit from their parents, and learning about Kris Jenner’s family history has revealed a lot.
An ex-girlfriend of the momager’s deceased father, Robert “Bob” Houghton, has come forward, talking about how Kris possesses many of her dad’s entrepreneurial qualities. Apparently, he was quite the salesman, but had trouble with alcohol.
The ex, Leslie Johnson Leech said:
“Bob had a lot of charm and was a great salesperson who could sell just about anything to anybody! He was very entrepreneurial and had all kinds of ideas about ways to make a lot of money, but he rarely acted on them, possibly because of his drinking. But I can definitely see how Kris got her business drive from her dad.”
However, Houghton’s binge drinking led Leech to break up with him in 1974, when Kris was around 18 years old, and 10 years after he’d divorced Kris’ mom. Leech said:
“He hadn’t had a lot of contact with his children by then, and he felt he’d really dropped the ball. Talking about the situation was painful for him, but he did often say how much he missed his daughters and how pretty they were.”
When they broke up, Houghton got engaged to Vicky Thomsen. They planned to wed in Rosarito, Mexico, but Houghton tragically got behind the wheel of his Porsche while drunk and died when he smashed into a vegetable truck. Vicky recalled the incident:
“The plan was to hit the next big town and get married there in the morning. I was looking at the stars and mentioned to Bob how tired I was. It was 9:20 pm. Then I suddenly heard metal smashing and I woke up crushed under the dashboard. I know that God forgave Bob for his sins and that he’s in heaven. I also know that he loved his daughter Kris very, very much.”
So how has all of this affected Kris?
Well, she’s admitted to dating much older men when she was very young, which is likely because she needed a father figure. Her kids have also reportedly staged an intervention for her drinking.
But to be fair, Kris has also helped nurture a family that truly seems to love and care for each other, which is something that she may have been missing in her own life.
Also, if it weren’t for her inheriting her dad’s business smarts, she may never have created their impressive Kardashian empire.
With the good comes the bad too.
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