Mary Jo Houghton

Mary Jo Houghton was born on July 26, 1934, in Arkansas City, Arkansas, United States. She is an American reality star who is the mother of Kris Jenner and Karen Houghton, and is the matriarch of the Kardashian family. She rose to prominence as a result of her appearance on the E! Entertainment reality show “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” Her family affectionately refers to her as M.J. We’re right here to help you celebrate her special day.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Mary Jo Houghton



Birth date:

July 26, 1934



Zodiac Sign:



5' 4"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$20 million

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When she was 15, Mary Jo Houghton enrolled in fashion school to learn the fundamentals of the industry. Although she did not share her works, her grandchildren inherited her talent and are now among the 21st-century trendsetters. Houghton has never revealed any information about her parents and it’s also unknown whether she has any siblings. After she graduated from high school, the man she had been dating for four years proposed to her. She later realized the marriage was not for her and decided to get a divorce.

Houghton’s second husband was Robert Houghton. He was born on May 12, 1931, in San Diego, California, and died in March 1975 when he was in his forties. True was named after him by her granddaughter, Khloe Kardashian. Houghton’s third marriage was to Harry Shannon. When Houghton married Shannon, a well-known businessman, he acted as a father figure to her daughters, Kris Jenner and Karen Houghton. Unfortunately, he died in a car accident in 2003, after nearly forty years of marriage to Houghton. Houghton has seven grandchildren between her two daughters, Kris and Karen. Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, Robert Kardashian, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Nattalie Zettel are her grandchildren. All of her grandchildren except Kendall and Natalie have children, making her a great-grandmother too. To honor her grandmother, Kylie named one of her red shade lipsticks after her grandmother during her Kylie Cosmetics campaign.

Houghton attended Charms School Fashionality to study fashion. She went on to become a model. She opened her own children’s clothing store,
Shannon & Co., in La Jolla, California, in 1980 — the store has been in business for 46 years. When her husband died in 2003, M.J. wanted to close the store, but Kris refused and offered to run it for her. Kris’ management abilities appeared to be present at a young age. Houghton can also be seen in episodes of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” where she shows her adorable personality. Houghton also appeared as a model in Kim Kardashian West concealer kits, which were released on March 23, 2018.

Career timeline

She Joins a Fashion School

She enrolls at Charms School Fashionality to learn the fundamentals of fashion.

She Opens a Children’s Clothing Store

Houghton opens her own children’s clothing store, Shannon & Co, in La Jolla, California.

She Appears on T.V.

Houghton appears on the reality T.V. show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” with her daughter and grandchildren.

She Does Modeling

Houghton models for the Kim Kardashian West concealer kits that are released on March 23.

Why We Love Mary Jo Houghton

  1. She and her daughter are good friends

    Houghton has a wonderful relationship with her older daughter, Kris Jenner. Jenner even refers to her mom as her best friend.

  2. She's strong

    Her husband of 40 years, Harry Shannon, sadly passed away in a car accident in 2003. She was heartbroken but remained strong for the sake of her family.

  3. She is modest even if she is a millionaire

    Most people change after they become wealthy, but not Houghton. She made millions and her family is worth billions, but she maintains her modesty.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. She got married when she was 18

    Even though little is known about this, Houghton revealed to Kim Kardashian that she got married when she was 18 years old but divorced after two months.

  2. She models for her granddaughters

    Despite her age, she models for her granddaughters’ cosmetics and clothing lines.

  3. She was married three times

    Houghton was married when she was 18 to her high school sweetheart, then to Robert Houghton, and then to Harry Shannon.

  4. She has never had plastic surgery

    She recently admitted she doesn’t mind her grandchildren’s sexy appearances and fashion choices, but has revealed that she isn’t a fan of plastic surgery.

  5. She owns two big houses

    Houghton owns two homes in California, one in San Diego and the other in Los Angeles.

Mary Jo Houghton FAQs

What did Kris Jenner's mom do for a living?

She owned and ran a children’s clothing store for decades before retiring.

Where does Mary Jo Houghton live?

Houghton currently resides in Los Angeles. She spends her time between her two homes in Los Angeles and San Diego.

What is Mary Jo Houghton’s real name?

Houghton’s real name is Mary Jo Campbell but she took her late husband Robert Houghton’s name after their marriage.

Mary Jo Houghton’s birthday dates

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