The original case of “famous for being famous” before a certain other family came along, Paris Hilton net worth of $100 million (as of mid-2013) is the result of a highly prolific socialite lifestyle.
Born into wealth, thanks to her great-grandfather’s famous hotels, Hilton went from being a model with little public recognition to being what could be called a “Kardashian prototype,” even achieving a lot of her fame from a released sex tape, though unlike Kim Kardashian, she was already pretty famous before the tape’s release.
Early Life and Modeling Career
Born on February 17, 1981 (making her 35 today), Paris Hilton is the paternal great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, who founded Hilton Hotels; as such, she was born into wealth and fame. She moved often as a child, though always to fancier neighborhoods such as the Hamptons, and her friends included future co-star Nicole Richie and Kim Kardashian, whose fame would later eclipse her own.
Hilton took to modeling gigs as a child, later signing to a modeling agency owned by current Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. After her modeling career picked up, she began appearing in other media, though not particularly favourably—at a fairly young age, she became known for her excessive partying and wild behavior. However, despite her off-the-clock lifestyle attracting negative attention, it was dwarfed by the additional exposure and opportunities she obtained as a result. Beyond modeling, which now saw her getting more offers to appear on magazine covers, she would begin to take on roles in films, even with her minimal to no acting experience. Still, Paris Hilton’s net worth was on a steady rise.
Landing a Reality Show
In 2003, Paris Hilton’s socialite status reached the level where she would be given her own reality show, The Simple Life, which also starred Nicole Richie. The sex tape, 1 Night in Paris, was released several weeks before the show’s premiere, resulting in both the show and tape benefiting from each other’s success and popularity. The Simple Life ran for five seasons, first on Fox and later on E!, with Hilton and Richie later having a falling out before making peace in 2006.
Paris Hilton went on to turn herself into a brand over the course of 2006 to 2007, being the name and supporter of a variety of products, including fragrances, hair extensions, books, more film appearances, and even a self-titled album. However, her net worth also took two big hits during this period; one from jail time served due to being caught driving with a suspended license (due to an earlier DUI) twice and the other from her great-grandfather giving 97% of his estate to charity, greatly decreasing her inheritance. It’s been said he actually did this out of embarrassment over his great-granddaughter’s actions and what she had done to the family’s reputation.
Paris Hilton Net Worth Today
Paris Hilton still continues to profit from her TV and film roles, as well as from associating her name with various products. As of 2013, her reported earnings from all her sponsorship and endorsement deals totals about $10 million. Aside from branding, most of Paris Hilton’s income stems from serving as a hit DJ, which she has proven herself quite efficient in, receiving positive reviews and having her contract renewed by the Ibiza club “Amnesia.” Her reported rate for DJing is around $350,000.
She has also returned to releasing her own music, the most recent being the house track “Crazy,” which appeared online in January. Prior to this track, she had released three other singles between 2013 and 2015—“Good Time” featuring Lil Wayne, “Come Alive,” and “High Off My Love”—that were supposed to appear on her second studio album. According to a picture that Paris Hilton recently shared on Instagram of her in the studio, a new album is still in the works, so stay tuned!
Paris Hilton Net Worth Breakdown
|Current Net Worth||$100 million|
|Amount Per DJ Gig||$350,000|
|Fee Per Party/Club Appearance||$25,000 – $100,000|
|Earnings from Fragrances||$1.5 billion|
|Earnings from Other Sponsorships/Endorsements||$10 million|
|Inheritance Lost Due to Donation||$4.3 billion|
Photo Credit: Instagram/parishilton