Barron Hilton
American hotelier
Barron Hilton
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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Factbox: A look at the San Diego Chargers
Yahoo News - about 1 year
(Reuters) - Here is a look at the National Football League's San Diego Chargers who, along with the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams, are looking to relocate to Los Angeles: - The Chargers moved to San Diego in 1961, one year after playing in Los Angeles, and were a part of the American Football League (AFL) until the AFL–NFL merger in 1970. - The team was named by founder and hotel magnate Barron Hilton who said: "I liked it because they were yelling 'charge' and sounding the bugle at Dodgers Stadium and at USC games. ...
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Seau to be inducted into Chargers Hall of Fame - Chargers.com
Google News - over 5 years
Seau will be joining 34 members in the Chargers Hall of Fame, including (in order of induction): wide receiver Lance Alworth, tackle Ron Mix, running back Paul Lowe, running back Keith Lincoln, majority owner Barron Hilton, defensive tackle Ernie Ladd,
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Parisian Designs - Manila Bulletin
Google News - over 5 years
She continued: “In fact, I had a call from my grand dad (Barron Hilton) a couple of days ago. He heard I was coming to the Philippines and doing this project. He said he was so proud of me. I'm his oldest granddaughter and hearing that from him is just
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Elvis, Colonel Parker, and Vegas: An in-depth discussion with Marshall Terrill - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Barron Hilton had an arrangement with Parker for services that Parker would provide to the hotel, and for those services Hilton paid Parker $50000 annually. As attorney Blanchard Tual points out in his Amended Guardian ad litem's report in 1981,
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For the Chargers San Diego is Only Temporary - Technorati
Google News - over 5 years
Original owner and hotel baron Barron Hilton, set up the Chargers as an original member of the AFL in 1960 playing just one season in Los Angeles. The Chargers advanced to the first-ever AFL Championship game losing to the Houston Oilers before
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Paris Hilton on the Philippines: 'I love it!' - GMANews.TV
Google News - over 5 years
Hilton said that a few days ago, her grandfather Barron Hilton had called to say that he was proud of her latest real estate venture. “Real estate is really our family's thing," she said. Hilton was in for a surprise during the press conference
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Hiltons Handys sind weg: "Da sind meine Fotos drauf" - DiePresse.com
Google News - over 5 years
Ein Gericht im kalifornischen Santa Monica verurteilte Barron Hilton kürzlich zur Zahlung von 4,9 Millionen Dollar (3,4 Millionen Euro), weil der damals 18-Jährige den Angestellten der Tankstelle im Februar 2008 unter Drogen- und Alkoholeinfluss
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The Chargers should move to Los Angeles: Fan commentary - Yahoo! Sports
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If all that wasn't enough, the team's founding owner was Paris Hilton's grandfather, Barron Hilton. Commander, Carrier Strike Group Seven (CCSG-7), Rear Adm. Mike Miller and Commanding General 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Maj. Gen
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Paris Hilton Conquers The World – Turns To Family Business As Her Next Venture - Celebrity Dirty Laundry
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Conrad Hilton was Paris' great-grandfather and he started the Hilton Hotel chain – with a 40 room hotel in Cisco, Texas. His son, and Paris' grandfather, Barron Hilton, currently controls the Hilton fortune and his son, who is Paris' dad,
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The Las Vegas Hilton has fallen on hard times - GamingTodaySlotsToday
Google News - over 5 years
Years ago, I found myself standing next to Barron Hilton during a company-sponsored event at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. Invited guests included a long list of famous faces and top company officials. I leaned into a slow moment in the
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Beverly Hills Estate By Celeb Architect Robert L. Earl For $25 Million - Huffington Post
Google News - over 5 years
According to Earl's website, he has designed and built homes for the likes of Madonna, Barron Hilton, Vin Scully, Sylvester Stallone, Nancy Sinatra, and Warren Beatty. Earl is also working on the Trump Rancho Palos Verde, a golf course development with
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Fish finder -- Published June 29, 2011 - Stockton Record
Google News - over 5 years
Barron Hilton's fireworks show at Mandeville Tip is set for 9:30 pm Monday. Ocean - The salmon bite is in limit quantities for partyboats and private craft outside Bodega Bay, the only place along the central Coast to offer any kind of consistent bite
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Bonnie Says: Ryan Dunn's Death Must Convince Hollywood Stars To Stop Drinking ... - Hollywood Life
Google News - over 5 years
Other Hollywood stars charged with DUIs include: Jaime Pressly, Kiefer Sutherland, Mischa Barton, Nick Nolte, Charles Barkley, Barron Hilton, rapper Flo Rida, Vince Neil, Michelle Rodriguez, Haley Joel Osment, Mike Tyson and more
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Fundación Hilton donó medio millón a Centro Fox - El Universal.mx
Google News - over 5 years
Este martes, los representantes de la fundación filantrópica, Steven y Barron Hilton visitaron el Centro Fox para conocer las instalaciones y la obra que se construyó con parte de los recursos que ellos donaron. "Vienen a ver en que se invirtieron esos
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Elvis Presley Festival returns to Vegas this summer at legendary Hilton hotel - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Presley's success in Vegas will forever be linked with the Las Vegas Hilton, and in September 1978, a life-size statue of Elvis was unveiled at the hotel by Barron Hilton with Priscilla Presley and Vernon Presley in attendance
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Barron Hilton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 86
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Once charged with the responsibility for Hilton Hotels Corporation, Barron Hilton soon showed his father's genius for cost controls and real estate deals. In 1970, he convinced the board to expand into Las Vegas by purchasing the International and the Flamingo from financier Kirk Kerkorian. Hilton Hotels thus became the first company listed on the New York Stock Exchange to venture into the gaming market. Renamed the Las Vegas Hilton and the Flamingo Hilton, the two resorts tapped a new source of income from gambling in a state where it had been legal since 1931. Barron could also see that Las Vegas would become a leading convention destination, capitalizing on the company's strength in that important market segment. Hilton personally introduced two innovations that have become standard features of casinos everywhere. Calling on his background in photography, he installed video cameras throughout the casinos to replace the "eye in the sky" system of observers peering through two-way mirrors in the ceiling. He also introduced progressive Pot o' Gold slot machines that produced a succession of world record jackpots, generating free publicity around the world.
  • 2013
    Age 85
    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.
    More Details Hide Details With another 900 hotels in the development pipeline around the world, the company has all but assured the continued presence of the Hilton brand in the global lodging marketplace through the 21st Century and beyond. The privately held company just released an initial public offering that generated $2.3 billion in new investor capital, without selling any of Blackstone's 76 percent equity interest in the enterprise.
  • 2012
    Age 84
    In 2012, Hilton was also inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame in San Diego, and was hailed as the "patron saint of sport aviation."
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    He flew them all until he retired from the cockpit in 2012 at age 84.
    More Details Hide Details In the ‘90s, he boldly backed the first attempts to capture one of the last great milestones in aviation—flying non-stop around the world in a balloon—with the Earthwinds Hilton and Global Hilton campaigns. While falling short of the ultimate goal, Hilton is credited with inspiring the efforts of those who achieved the feat. Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones were the first to make a trans-global flight in 1999; Steve Fossett became the first to complete the flight solo in 2002. From 1980 to 2009, he also hosted the Barron Hilton Cup, a unique glider competition. Pilots who flew the longest triangular flights in six regions of the world earned participation in a weeklong soaring camp at his Flying M Ranch east of the Sierras in Northern Nevada. Co-founder Helmut Reichmann, Germany's three-time world soaring champion, devised a handicap system that enabled pilots flying older gliders to compete with elite pilots in high-performance aircraft of the latest design. Once at the Flying M, they flew recreationally alongside world champions and celebrities invited to attend by Hilton. Beginning in 1996 with its predecessors, the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Co., EADS, had served as a partner in the event.
  • 2009
    Age 81
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 77
    He became CEO on Hubbs' retirement in 2005 and chairman in 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The foundation now invests in 11 priority areas, including strategic initiatives and priority programs. Strategic initiatives involve funding several partners, generating new knowledge, and collaborating with other funders to achieve measurable impact: Supporting Catholic Sisters, helping Sisters sustain and broaden the impact of their work; caring for vulnerable children, helping children affected by HIV/AIDS in the developing world to thrive in the communities where they live; transition-age youth in foster care, helping U.S. youth transitioning out of the foster care system to find their path to success; ending chronic homelessness, making permanent supportive housing a reality for chronically homeless people in Los Angeles County; preventing substance abuse, helping people gain the understanding, skill, and confidence to resist drugs alcohol abuse; providing safe water, increasing sustainable access to safe water for people in severe need in developing countries. The foundation also gives priority to the following program areas:
  • 1998
    Age 70
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 68
    In 1996, Barron Hilton presided over the inaugural award ceremony for the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize.
    More Details Hide Details This annual award is presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions in alleviating human suffering. A distinguished, independent and international jury makes the selection among a number of notable applicants. At $1.5 million, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest humanitarian award, and helps brings public attention to the work of the recipient charity. Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureates have formed collaborative partnerships in the field and are working to increase public understanding in developed nations for solutions to problems in the developing world. Hilton was born the year Charles Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis across the Atlantic. When he was 7 or 8 years old, he would ride his bike to Love Field in Dallas to watch the exotic planes of the day take off and land. He promised himself that he would one day learn to fly. He took private flying lessons at a field on the north shore of Oahu during his time in the Navy, and got his pilot's license at age 17.
  • 1988
    Age 60
    Thanks to his son's successful management of the Hilton Hotels Corporation, those shares were worth $654 million when the settlement was reached late in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details In a press statement issued after the favorable ruling, Hilton said it gave him "the opportunity to structure an arrangement whereby my father's two objectives, retaining control of the stock in family hands, and benefitting charity through the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, can both be achieved. I am confident that my father would be pleased with this accord." The settlement was finalized in 1989. Neither Hilton, nor the foundation, had to actually pay for the shares; they split them instead. Hilton received 4 million shares, the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation received 3.5 million shares, and the remaining 6 million shares were placed in the W. Barron Hilton Charitable Remainder Unitrust, of which Barron is the executor. He receives 60 percent of the unitrust income, and the foundation 40 percent, during his lifetime, then the fund transfers to the foundation.
  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 55
    He began working as an assistant program officer in 1983, and was elected vice president and board member in 1986.
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  • 1979
    Age 51
    In 1979, Barron Hilton's father, Conrad Hilton, died at age 91.
    More Details Hide Details He left 13.5 million shares of Hilton Hotels Corporation stock—97 percent of his estate—to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, a humanitarian charity which he had established in 1944. In his will, Conrad also gave Barron the right to purchase those shares in order to maintain family control of the company, but the foundation challenged the option in probate court. It took an entire decade to resolve the issue. Hilton's right to exercise his option was upheld in an appeals court ruling in March 1988, giving him voting power over roughly 34 percent of the company's outstanding shares. Conrad's bequest of stock was worth $160 million when he died in 1979.
    Knowing that the lease would expire in 1979, Hilton deftly negotiated to buy the hotel and real estate from the railroad.
    More Details Hide Details The landmark property, whose current value is estimated around $1 billion, was purchased by Hilton for just $35 million. As competitors aggressively spread across the U.S. in the '80s, Barron held his own by rehabbing his own hotels and increasing revenues in Las Vegas. Through a series of massive additions to the Flamingo Hilton and the Las Vegas Hilton, the company nearly tripled its rooms in Las Vegas by 1990, from 2277 to 6703. He also launched Conrad International in the '80s, and Hilton Garden Inn in the '90s,< adding two brands that covered important price points at opposite ends of lodging's pricing spectrum. In contrast to his gamble on gaming, Hilton earned a well-deserved reputation as a financial conservative. After seeing his father struggle to overcome the effects of the Great Depression and World War II, he maintained the strongest balance sheet in the industry. Throughout his 30 years as CEO, he carried a low debt-to-capital ratio and a high credit rating, enabling him to gobble up such properties as Bally's Reno (formerly the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino-Reno). The 2000-room resort was opened in 1978 for $230 million, and purchased by Hilton in 1992 for $88 million. With strong cash flow and plenty of liquid investments on hand, he was able to weather the inevitable recessions and business interruptions that struck the industry from the mid-'60s to the mid-'90s. Hilton continued as chairman of the board through the next decade as his hand-picked successor, Steve Bollenbach, dramatically expanded the company through a series of mergers and acquisitions.
  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 49
    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.
    More Details Hide Details When Conrad Hilton bought the Waldorf-Astoria in 1949, he actually bought the hotel’s operating company and its 30-year lease to run the hotel. The building, and the land under it, were still owned by the realty arm of the Penn Central Railroad.
  • 1975
    Age 47
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He took a leaseback to manage the properties, collecting lucrative management fees and a percentage of their gross profits. Perhaps more importantly, the sale proved that these hotels were worth double their book value, demonstrating the underlying value of the company's real estate holdings. The transaction also enhanced the value of the stock held by every HHC shareholder. Hilton used the proceeds to pay down high interest debt, and repurchase 20 percent of the company’s stock—all at market rate—which was still trading well below the company’s book value.
  • 1969
    Age 41
    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).
    More Details Hide Details He went on to star at the Las Vegas Hilton two months a year—performing two shows a night, seven nights a week—until shortly before his death in 1977. Presley set a world entertainment record at the Las Vegas Hilton for selling out 837 consecutive concerts. The Las Vegas Hilton also left its mark on boxing, hosting the famous upset of Muhammad Ali by Leon Spinks in 1978, and the 1986–1989 heavyweight tournament won by Mike Tyson that made him a household name. The company's expansion into Nevada had an immediate impact on its bottom line. By 1972, the two resorts contributed 45 percent of the company's income (before interest income, interest expense, write down of investments and sales of properties), nearly matching the income from the other 160 Hilton hotels in the United States.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1966
    Age 38
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He sold his majority interest in the team for $10 million—a record for any professional sports franchise at the time—after an initial investment in a franchise fee of just $25,000.
  • 1965
    Age 37
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In all, the Chargers won five divisional titles, and one AFL Championship, during Hilton's six years at the helm of the club.
  • 1961
    Age 33
    Hilton moved the team to San Diego in time for the 1961 season and played in tiny Balboa Stadium.
    More Details Hide Details As the Chargers continued their winning ways, Hilton began working with the local newspapers to engender support for construction of a state-of-the-art stadium. Encouraged by San Diego Union sports editor Jack Murphy, among others, a referendum was passed in 1965, and the Chargers began play in new San Diego Stadium in 1967. With the availability of a new stadium, the city received a baseball expansion franchise from the National League, and the San Diego Padres began play in 1969. It was named Jack Murphy Stadium after Murphy's death in 1980, and is now known as Qualcomm Stadium.
  • 1959
    Age 31
    In 1959, sportsman Lamar Hunt offered Hilton the Los Angeles franchise in the new American Football League.
    More Details Hide Details Hilton named his team the Chargers, but denies that he did it to create synergy with his new credit card business. A fan had nominated the name in a contest, and Hilton selected it because of the bugle call and "Charge!" cheer that was often sounded during USC football games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The Chargers began playing at the Coliseum in 1960, but in spite of winning the Western Division, the club found it difficult to compete for fans with the Rams of the National Football League in their own stadium.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1954
    Age 26
    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.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1947
    Age 19
    In 1947, Barron Hilton married Marilyn June Hawley; they remained married until she died in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details They had eight children: William Barron Hilton, Jr., Hawley Anne Hilton, Stephen Michael Hilton, David Alan Hilton, Sharon Constance Hilton, Richard Howard Hilton, Daniel Kevin Hilton, and Ronald Jeffrey Hilton. Their oldest, William Barron Hilton, Jr., was born in 1948 and their youngest, Ronald Jeffrey Hilton, was born in 1963. Barron Hilton has 15 grandchildren, including Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton Rothschild; both of them are Richard Hilton's daughters. Barron Hilton's principal residence in Holmby Hills was originally designed in the 1930s for Jay Paley by architect Paul Williams. It was used as the 'Colby mansion' in exterior scenes for The Colbys television series. Hilton is a member of a duck club on Venice Island in the Sacramento – San Joaquin River Delta near Stockton in Northern California. Every year he puts on a large Fourth of July fireworks display, attracting thousands of boaters to watch it. Hilton and several friends purchased the Flying-M Ranch in Lyon County, Nevada in the mid '60s, and he bought them out in 1972.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1927
    Born
    Born on October 23, 1927.
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