Karen Houghton is the younger sister of Kris Jenner. Correct! Kris has an infamous sister that we didn’t know existed. This 64-year-old-to-be lives a life away from the limelight unlike her TV celebrity sister. So she has a career in writing and has written two cookbooks to date.
So, how is the relationship between these opposing siblings? According to Kris, she loves her sister dearly and has had her back since childhood. However, things have gone south for this sister duo. We will talk about this shortly.
Therefore, in this article, we will take a closer look at the life of Kris Jenner’s sister Karen Houghton. Did you know she had a daughter and is currently divorced? But who was her husband? We’ll have all the answers as we read on. So let’s get started!
Kris Houghton’s Early Life
The 66-year-old TV personality, Kris Jenner’s younger sister, Karen Houghton, was born on November 24, 1958, in San Diego, California. She is the daughter of mother Mary Jo Campbell and father Robert Houghton. Unfortunately, her parents separated in 1962 when their youngest daughter was only four years old. Therefore, her mother Mary raised both Karen and Kriss on her own.
According to Jenner, the sisters had a bad family life when they were growing up. Their father was a chronic alcoholic and often argued with their mother; this was also the cause of Mary and Robert’s divorce after 7 years of marriage. This instability and chaos wouldn’t have made it easy for little Karen. That’s why she only had her sister to rely on.
Their father died soon after in 1975 as a result of a horrific accident. On the other hand, Campbell married Harry Shannon; the couple were together for nearly 40 years before Shannon’s death in 2003.
Aside from her family life and disorganized childhood, we know very little about Houghton’s educational background. Moreover, we believe that she is an educated woman as she has a career as an author.
How is the relationship between Karen Houghton and Kris Jenner?
We have heard very little about Karen Houghton. Most of us didn’t even know she’s Kris Jenner’s sister. So, how is the relationship between these two, you might ask? Well, they had a really good relationship growing up. The following is also written in Karen’s sister’s autobiography,
“We loved each other and we were there for each other through thick and thin, and to this day we are part of each other’s lives.”
The book came 11 years from today and a lot has happened between the siblings during this time. Some may even believe that their relationship has bottomed out today. Why is that?
In 2018, Kris Jenner was criticized for not recognizing her sister’s birthday. Plus, she didn’t even acknowledge that her sister was in and out of the hospital at the time and was seriously ill. Plus, during a difficult time like this, Jenner never once visited her sister.
On the other hand, the sisterly bond between these two was also hampered by Karen’s judgment of her sister in the past. During an interview with Closershe said,
‘I can’t get to her anymore. But I think it’s the money. She is a huge celebrity and now she has changed. I’m not saying good or bad. But I’ve seen what it can do to Kris… since she moved to LA.”
Apparently, Houghton didn’t like how Kris handled fame and considered the Kardashian momager a “crazy”.
However, the sisters were briefly reunited in Dec 2019. We don’t know if they met again after that.
Houghton has a very private life, unlike her sister, who is the mastermind behind it Keeping up with the Kardashians. Although she stays out of the limelight, she has a successful career as an author of her own.
As of 2022, Karen has released two cookbooks. Natural Gourmet was released in 2010, which was her first book, followed by Volume II after 3 years. However, we have very little knowledge of her whereabouts today. After the 2 books she is basically gone and not in the writing game.
Well, she’s 63 years old, so maybe Karen thought it was time for her to retire. Anyway, wherever she is, we hope she is happy, healthy and living her best life.
Karen Houghton is divorced and has a daughter with her ex-husband
Karen Houghton was formally married to husband Mark Zettel. Very little is known about their relationship, but the couple broke up in 2002, after being together for 6 years.
From their marriage relationship, the former couple even shares a daughter named Natalie Zettel. She was born on January 20, 1998 in San Diego, California. As of 2022, Karen’s daughter will be 24 years old.
Unlike her mother, Natalie gets along well with the Kardashian family. She is a low-key Instagram model who spends a lot of time with her cousins.
Who is Karen’s net worth?
With her name associated with the Kardashians, Karen Houghton must have a steady income. Though unconfirmed, she stands at a net worth of nearly $9 million dollars. This fortune may be enough for her, but certainly not for her sister.
Kris Jenner, the proud businesswoman and TV personality has a net worth of $190 million dollars. She lives a lavishly expensive life with her children and grandchildren in California.