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Barron Hilton is an American businessman, hotel heir, and socialite

InformationDetail
BirthdayOctober 23, 1927
NationalityAmerican
FamousBusiness Magnate, Hoteliers, Investors, Miscellaneous, Socialites
City/StateTexas
SpousesMarilyn June Hawley (m. 1947–2004)
SiblingsConrad Hilton Jr., Eric Hilton, Francesca Hilton
Known asWilliam Barron Hilton
Childrens Daniel Kevin Hilton, David Alan Hilton, Hawley Anne Hilton, Richard Hilton, Ronald Jeffrey Hilton, Sharon Constance Hilton, Steven M. Hilton, William Barron Hilton Jr.
Universities
  • University of Southern California
  • Los Angeles
Birth PlaceDallas, Texas
GenderMale
FatherConrad Hilton
MotherMary Adelaide Barron
Sun SignLibra
Born inDallas, Texas
Famous asBusiness Magnate
Socials

// Famous Business Magnate

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Who is Barron Hilton?

Barron Hilton is an American businessman, hotel heir, and socialite. The son of hotelier Conrad Hilton, Barron is the former chief executive officer, president, and chairman of the ‘Hilton Hotels Corporation.’ Born and raised in a rich business family in Texas, Barron was not initially attracted toward the prospect of being a businessman. Flying was his passion, and he learned to fly a plane at the age of 17. He also served in the Second World War as a photographer. Barron is also known as one of the founders of the ‘American Football League’ (AFL) and owned the team ‘Los Angeles Chargers.’ He showed impeccable business sense when he took over the charge of the company from his father, in 1966. Barron sensed the ensuing surge in the gambling industry and ‘Hilton Hotels’ became the first gaming company to be listed on the ‘New York Stock Exchange.’ He also happens to be a philanthropist and donates millions of dollars every year to charities and Catholic causes. He runs the ‘Conrad H. Hilton Foundation,’ which was initiated by his father.

// Famous Socialites

Childhood & Early Life

Barron Hilton was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 23, 1927, to Mary Adelaide and Conrad Nicholson Hilton. Conrad established the company in 1919, at a small inn in Texas, and by the time Barron was born, the company had already started doing well. Barron grew up with three siblings.

Barron was not the studious type. As a kid, he was mostly interested in flying planes. At the age of seven, he rode his bike to open spaces and watched planes fly for several hours. Soon, he had made up his mind about flying planes someday.

He found another passion in photography, during his stint at the Second World War. After high school, he started taking classes in flying planes and became a trained pilot soon after. Subsequently, he got enrolled at the ‘University of Southern California Aeronautical School.’ He earned his respectable twin-engine rating two years later.

Although he could have immediately joined his father’s booming hotel business, he decided to experiment with a few small entrepreneurial ventures of his own in order to hone his entrepreneurial skills. Thus, he co-founded the ‘McDonald Oil Company’ and also founded ‘Air Finance Corporation.’

Career

In 1954, he joined ‘Hilton’ as the vice president and was deemed responsible for running the company’s franchise operations. Conrad also laid the foundation of ‘Carte Blanche’ credit card services and made Barron the director of the entire operation.

Barron had bigger plans for the company. In 1959, the newly founded AFL’s Los Angeles team went up for sale, and Barron bought it immediately. He named the team ‘Los Angeles Chargers.’ He also happened to be one of the co-founders of the league.

In 1965, Barron took over as the president of the AFL and presented the possibility of a merger between the AFL and the ‘National Football League’ (NFL), which was later successful, and thus laid the foundation for the ‘Super Bowl.’ During Barron’s ownership of the ‘Los Angeles Chargers’ for six years, his team won one AFL championship and five divisional titles.

In 1966, he was asked by his father to take over the leadership of ‘Hilton Hotels Corporation’ and to put his football dreams aside. Barron sold his shares in the team, which he had bought for a mere 25 thousand dollars, for a whopping 10 million dollars.

Upon becoming the president of the company, he showed his impeccable business sense in cost-control measures and in forming deals in the real-estate arena. In 1970, he managed to convince the board to invest in the booming gambling business in Las Vegas, where gambling had been legal since 1931. He decided to open two casinos in Las Vegas, namely, the ‘Flamingo Hilton’ and the ‘Las Vegas Hilton.’

Hilton also showed immense intelligence and introduced two new features in his casinos. He installed video cameras throughout his casinos, in order to keep an eye on cheaters. He also introduced the ‘Pot o’ Gold’ slot machines. This helped the company gain mass popularity all over the world.

In 1975, Barron initiated a highly profitable, yet risky deal by selling 50 percent interest in six of ‘Hilton’s’ largest hotels to the ‘Prudential Insurance Company.’ He finalized the deal in 83 million dollars and took a leaseback to manage the property.

Throughout the 70s, Barron kept expanding his franchise domestically and bought a lot of property in the emerging markets. He prepared well for competition and kept rehabbing his hotels. All the while, he maintained a steady income flow from his casino business in Las Vegas.

By the arrival of the 90s, the total number of rooms ‘Hilton’ had in Los Angeles grew from 2277 to 6703. As he had seen the business struggle very hard under his father’s presidency, during the Great Depression, Barron prepared well for the risky seasons and planned accordingly to curb losses.

At the turn of the century, Barron held on to his leadership as the chairman of the board. However, by that time, he had chosen a successor in Steve Bollenbach, who further expanded the company with some seemingly impossible mergers. By the 2000s, ‘Hilton’ had already acquired ‘Embassy Suites,’ ‘Hampton Inn,’ ‘Double Tree,’ and ‘Homewood Suites’ among many other real-estate companies.

In 2005, he made some major business deals. First, he acquired ‘Hilton International,’ which was sold about 38 years back. Second, he merged his ever-booming gaming business with ‘Harrah’s’, making it ‘Caesars Entertainment.’

All the while, ‘Hilton Hotels Corporation’ made a substantial growth all over the world with its hotel chains in more than 70 countries. ‘The Blackstone Group,’ which happens to be the largest alternative investment firm in the world, bought ‘Hilton Hotels Corporation’ in 2007 for a whopping 26 billion dollars. The new company was renamed as ‘Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.’

Other Ventures & Charity

Conrad Hilton started the ‘Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’ in 1944 to support various causes. He garnered a contribution of gifts worth 7.6 million dollars before his death.

Upon his father’s death, Barron appointed Donald H. Hubbs to look after the foundation. He was one of the closest advisors of both Conrad and Barron. The foundation works for various causes, such as helping nuns, educating disabled children, and preventing drug abuse.

Owing to his keen interest in the aviation industry and his support toward the same, he has been awarded with many honors, such as the ‘FAI Gold Air Medal’ from the ‘Federation Aeronautique Internationale’ in 2009. In 2012, he was introduced into the ‘International Air & Space Hall of Fame.’

Personal Life

Barron Hilton married Marilyn June Hawley in 1947, and they had eight children. The couple remained married till Marilyn’s death in 2004. Barron has 15 grandchildren. Paris Hilton, a popular American TV personality, is one of his granddaughters.

// Famous Hoteliers

Barron Hilton biography timelines

  • // 23rd Oct 1919 To 23rd Oct 1927
    Barron Hilton was born in Dallas, Texas, on October 23, 1927, to Mary Adelaide and Conrad Nicholson Hilton. Conrad established the company in 1919, at a small inn in Texas, and by the time Barron was born, the company had already started doing well. Barron grew up with three siblings.
  • // 1931 To 1970
    Upon becoming the president of the company, he showed his impeccable business sense in cost-control measures and in forming deals in the real-estate arena. In 1970, he managed to convince the board to invest in the booming gambling business in Las Vegas, where gambling had been legal since 1931. He decided to open two casinos in Las Vegas, namely, the ‘Flamingo Hilton’ and the ‘Las Vegas Hilton.’
  • // 1944
    Conrad Hilton started the ‘Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’ in 1944 to support various causes. He garnered a contribution of gifts worth 7.6 million dollars before his death.
  • // 1947 To 2004
    Barron Hilton married Marilyn June Hawley in 1947, and they had eight children. The couple remained married till Marilyn’s death in 2004. Barron has 15 grandchildren. Paris Hilton, a popular American TV personality, is one of his granddaughters.
  • // 1954
    In 1954, he joined ‘Hilton’ as the vice president and was deemed responsible for running the company’s franchise operations. Conrad also laid the foundation of ‘Carte Blanche’ credit card services and made Barron the director of the entire operation.
  • // 1959
    Barron had bigger plans for the company. In 1959, the newly founded AFL’s Los Angeles team went up for sale, and Barron bought it immediately. He named the team ‘Los Angeles Chargers.’ He also happened to be one of the co-founders of the league.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, Barron took over as the president of the AFL and presented the possibility of a merger between the AFL and the ‘National Football League’ (NFL), which was later successful, and thus laid the foundation for the ‘Super Bowl.’ During Barron’s ownership of the ‘Los Angeles Chargers’ for six years, his team won one AFL championship and five divisional titles.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he was asked by his father to take over the leadership of ‘Hilton Hotels Corporation’ and to put his football dreams aside. Barron sold his shares in the team, which he had bought for a mere 25 thousand dollars, for a whopping 10 million dollars.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, Barron initiated a highly profitable, yet risky deal by selling 50 percent interest in six of ‘Hilton’s’ largest hotels to the ‘Prudential Insurance Company.’ He finalized the deal in 83 million dollars and took a leaseback to manage the property.
  • // 2005
    In 2005, he made some major business deals. First, he acquired ‘Hilton International,’ which was sold about 38 years back. Second, he merged his ever-booming gaming business with ‘Harrah’s’, making it ‘Caesars Entertainment.’
  • // 2007
    All the while, ‘Hilton Hotels Corporation’ made a substantial growth all over the world with its hotel chains in more than 70 countries. ‘The Blackstone Group,’ which happens to be the largest alternative investment firm in the world, bought ‘Hilton Hotels Corporation’ in 2007 for a whopping 26 billion dollars. The new company was renamed as ‘Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.’
  • // 2009 To 2012
    Owing to his keen interest in the aviation industry and his support toward the same, he has been awarded with many honors, such as the ‘FAI Gold Air Medal’ from the ‘Federation Aeronautique Internationale’ in 2009. In 2012, he was introduced into the ‘International Air & Space Hall of Fame.’

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Barron Hilton's FAQ

  • What is Barron Hilton birthday?

    Barron Hilton was born at 1927-10-23

  • Where is Barron Hilton's birth place?

    Barron Hilton was born in Dallas, Texas

  • What is Barron Hilton nationalities?

    Barron Hilton's nationalities is American

  • Who is Barron Hilton spouses?

    Barron Hilton's spouses is Marilyn June Hawley (m. 1947–2004)

  • Who is Barron Hilton siblings?

    Barron Hilton's siblings is Conrad Hilton Jr., Eric Hilton, Francesca Hilton

  • Who is Barron Hilton childrens?

    Barron Hilton's childrens is Daniel Kevin Hilton, David Alan Hilton, Hawley Anne Hilton, Richard Hilton, Ronald Jeffrey Hilton, Sharon Constance Hilton, Steven M. Hilton, William Barron Hilton Jr.

  • What was Barron Hilton universities?

    Barron Hilton studied at University of Southern California, Los Angeles

  • Who is Barron Hilton's father?

    Barron Hilton's father is Conrad Hilton

  • Who is Barron Hilton's mother?

    Barron Hilton's mother is Mary Adelaide Barron

  • What is Barron Hilton's sun sign?

    Barron Hilton is Libra

  • How famous is Barron Hilton?

    Barron Hilton is famouse as Business Magnate

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