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Kim Kardashian becomes a private equity dealmaker in collab with ex-Carlyle partner

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America’s favorite reality star is leveling up her repertoire and levering up businesses. Kim Kardashian, who passed the “baby bar” exam in preparation to become a lawyer last year, just added another job title to her lineup — private equity investor.

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