Barron Hilton

Born Oct 23, 1927

William Barron Hilton I is an American business magnate, socialite, and hotel heir. He is the former co-chairman of the Hilton Hotels chain. He is one of the sons of Conrad Hilton.

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1927 Birth Born on October 23, 1927.


1947 19 Years Old In 1947, Barron Hilton married Marilyn June Hawley; they remained married until she died in 2004. … Read More


1954 26 Years Old …  In 1954, Barron was elected vice president of Hilton Hotels, running the company's franchise operations and creating the Carte Blanche credit card as a service to the company's customers.


1959 31 Years Old In 1959, sportsman Lamar Hunt offered Hilton the Los Angeles franchise in the new American Football League. … Read More
1961 33 Years Old Hilton moved the team to San Diego in time for the 1961 season and played in tiny Balboa Stadium. … Read More
1965 37 Years Old Hilton also served as AFL president in 1965, and helped forge the merger between the AFL and the NFL, announced in 1966, that created the Super Bowl. … Read More
1966 38 Years Old In 1966, directors of Hilton Hotels Corporation asked Hilton to succeed his father as president and chief executive officer of the company, provided that he drop his football responsibilities. … Read More


1969 41 Years Old Las Vegas would also become the self-proclaimed Entertainment Capital of the World. Of all the headliners to perform at the Hilton or the Flamingo, the most successful and spectacular was Elvis Presley. After a decade in the movies, he began performing in front of live audiences again in 1969 at the opening of the International (a few years later renamed the Las Vegas Hilton). … Read More
1975 47 Years Old On the hotel front, in 1975, Hilton sold a 50 percent interest in six of the company's largest hotels to Prudential Insurance Company for $83 million. … Read More
1977 49 Years Old Hilton continued to expand the domestic hotel chain through franchising and the selective acquisition of management contracts and hotels in emerging markets. In 1977, he completed a hotel purchase that his father had initiated 28 years earlier. … Read More


1979 51 Years Old 1 More Event
Knowing that the lease would expire in 1979, Hilton deftly negotiated to buy the hotel and real estate from the railroad. … Read More
1983 55 Years Old He began working as an assistant program officer in 1983, and was elected vice president and board member in 1986.


1988 - 1996 2 More Events
1998 70 Years Old Barron's son, Steven M. Hilton, succeeded Hubbs as president in 1998, and has further refined the focus of the foundation while steadfastly following his grandfather's guidance.
2005 77 Years Old He became CEO on Hubbs' retirement in 2005 and chairman in 2012. … Read More
2009 81 Years Old For his lifelong support of aviation, Hilton received the prestigious FAI Gold Air Medal from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in 2009, the same award bestowed upon some of his closest friends and personal heroes, like Yeager, Armstrong, Cernan, Jones, Fossett, and Lindbergh himself.
2012 84 Years Old 1 More Event
…  He flew them all until he retired from the cockpit in 2012 at age 84. … Read More
2013 85 Years Old Host Hotels & Resorts veteran Chris Nassetta was hired to manage the company, which was renamed Hilton Worldwide, Inc. In the six years since it took over operations, Hilton Worldwide has expanded to 4041 hotels, with 665,667 rooms in 90 countries as of December 2013. … Read More
2014 86 Years Old With the death of the Bills' Ralph Wilson in 2014, Hilton became the last surviving member of the Foolish Club – the nickname the original AFL owners gave each other, as they absorbed the start-up expenses and player salaries necessary to compete with the established NFL. … Read More
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