Jonathan Cheban, ‘Dean of Pop Culture,’ Is Opening Up an Academy for Rich Kids

Self-proclaimed “Dean of pop culture” (*insert snicker here*) Jonathan Cheban, whose real title is “Kim Kardashian’s Rude Best Friend,” is opening up a school. Rather, an elite academy. An elite academy for kids. No, not just kids…rich kids.

Jonathan Cheban is opening up an elite academy for rich kids, he revealed in an interview with New You magazine.

Has your mind wrapped around that exhausting, bizarre sentence yet? Okay, good. Now we can discuss, I guess. First of all, it’ll basically be a pop culture program at the International School of New York.

What will he be teaching at this elite academy for rich kids?

Wealthy kids from all over the world will learn things about private aviation, social media, quality of diamonds, types of caviar, mixed in with economics and other fundamental undergrad and grad classes. This is the social stuff you need to know to survive in a city like this with a lot of money.


If you are buying a diamond you need to know the clarity and if you are buying a private jet you need to know the different leathers and seats.

I’ll basically be the Dean of Pop Culture at the school.

And where is this fine establish located? The Trump Towers in New York, because of course.

So what else is going on in the wonderful world of Cheban…Well, he’s creating a TV show that none of us want to watch.

Did you ever watch Guy Fieri’s show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives? This is the opposite.  People want to know where Beyoncé sits at a hot restaurant. It’s not about billion dollar houses; no one cares about that. They want to know where the hot stuff is and nobody knows better than me. I live it!


And of course, Cheban couldn’t get through one interview not talking about Kim Kardashian.

People are like, oh, you just hang out with Kim all day. No, I’m working on 39 businesses. It drives me nuts. I’ve been working since I was a kid. I had my own company when I was 23 years old, worked with Diddy and J. Lo and Mariah and did a million events with them.


When you are best friends with the most famous girl in the world, its like being best friends with Marilyn [Monroe]. People are infatuated and obsessed.


Everyone wants to be like Kim even if they aren’t gorgeous. They will try in their own version to dress like her. She’s very aspirational because she is a regular girl; she’s not a movie star. There are more seasons of the Kardashians than I Love Lucy. She’s a TV star. This also drives me nuts about people saying, ‘Why is she famous?’ If you have a TV show for 20 seasons in 180 countries, you would be famous as well, but you do not.

Jonathan, we don’t think you named-dropped enough.