Paris Hilton Net Worth 2022 (Forbes) – Salary, Income, Earnings

Paris Hilton Net Worth

Paris Hilton has an estimated net worth of $300 million. Hotel heiress and socialite Paris Hilton rose to fame via the reality TV series ‘The Simple Life,’ and continues to court media attention through her books, businesses, music, and screen appearances. She earns most of her income from brand endorsements, fragrance business, music, and television shows. 

Paris Hilton gained media attention following the release of a sex tape in 2003. Following her role in The Simple Life, Paris won a Teen Choice Award for her performance in House of Wax, and her first book, Confessions of an Heiress, debuted on the New York Times best-seller list. She has since made headlines for her romances, music ventures, and television shows such as The World According to Paris and Hollywood Love Story.

To calculate the net worth of Paris Hilton, subtract all her liabilities from her total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity she has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as personal loans and mortgages, are included in total liabilities.

Here’s the breakdown of her net worth:

Name: Paris Hilton
Net Worth: $300 Million
Monthly Salary: $3 Million+
Annual Income: $40 Million per year
Source of Wealth: Entrepreneur, Model, Singer, Author, Actor, Fashion designer, Television producer, Screenwriter, Disc jockey

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Early Life and Modeling

Paris Whitney Hilton was born on February 17, 1981, in New York City, to real estate developer Richard Hilton and socialite Kathy Richards Hilton. Hilton, along with her sister Nicky and brothers Barron and Conrad, is one of several heirs to the Hilton hotel fortune.

Hilton, who began modeling as a child at charitable functions and was given the childhood nickname “Star” by her mother and grandmother, was born into acting stock. Her maternal grandmother was actress “Big” Kathy Dugan, and her aunts Kim and Kyle Richards have continued to work in film and television. Hilton is also related to Zsa Zsa Gabor, who married Hilton’s great-grandfather, Conrad Hilton, and Elizabeth Taylor, who married Hilton’s great uncle, Conrad Nicholson Hilton Jr.

Hilton spent her childhood moving from one opulent mansion to the next. She attended Marywood-Palm Valley School in California during her freshman year of high school while living in the family’s Beverly Hills mansion. She continued her studies at the Dwight School after the Hilton family relocated to New York City in 1996. At the time, the family lived in a suite at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan and vacationed frequently at a multimillion-dollar home in the Hamptons.

Hilton and her sister were East Coast transplants who regularly attended society functions, charitable events, fashion shows, and A-list parties. The two quickly became red carpet regulars, and a titillating Vanity Fair spread shot by famed photographer David LaChapelle in 2000 cemented their rising star.

Hilton signed with Donald Trump’s modeling agency, T Management, around this time. She was soon seen in a slew of campaigns for top fashion houses like Christian Dior and Tommy Hilfiger, as well as national publications. Hilton later worked for top agencies such as Ford Models Management and London’s Model 1 Agency.

New York’s ‘It Girl’ and Early Films

Hilton, who drew constant media attention for her extravagant lifestyle, was dubbed “New York’s leading IT girl” in 2001. Hilton’s short-lived romances with actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar de la Hoya, as well as callous remarks directed at her peers, earned her negative press and solidified her reputation for careless jet setting and hard partying.

Hilton made her acting debut in Zoolander (2001), Ben Stiller’s feature-length spoof of the modeling industry. She continued to split her time between runways and movie sets for the next few years, appearing in the 2002 horror film Nine Lives. The following year, she appeared in the feature films Wonderland and Cat in the Hat, as well as her own small-screen reality show.

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Sex Tape and ‘The Simple Life’

In November 2003, an unauthorized four-minute video of Hilton titled “One Night in Paris” began to circulate on the Internet; it featured Hilton engaging in intimate acts with then-boyfriend Rick Salomon. Salomon marketed the video, earning millions of dollars in sales, and Hilton sued. Despite the fact that the case was settled out of court, it was reported that Hilton received $400,000 from the video. She also stated publicly that she had never intended the video to be a commercial venture.

Hilton debuted her first reality television venture on FOX three weeks after the video’s release. She co-created The Simple Life with long-time friend Nicole Richie, a show that featured the two socialites attempting blue-collar jobs and performing menial tasks. It was feared that Hilton’s scandal would damage ratings and alienate potential viewers, but the show went on to become a huge success.

Guess approached Hilton shortly after to appear in three global campaigns. Hilton appeared as a guest on Saturday Night Live the following month. Her double-entendre-laden interview with Jimmy Fallon made light of the Salomon tape saga.

Book: ‘Confessions of an Heiress’

The following year, Hilton appeared in the films The Hillz and Raising Helen, and she began to diversify her business interests. She published her first book, Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Cheek Peek Behind the Pose, after founding Heiress Records (a Warner Bros. sub-label). Despite being widely panned by critics, the book quickly made its way onto the New York Times best-seller list. It was written in collaboration with author Merle Ginsberg.

Hilton was also busy that year with a perfume line, a nightclub franchise, and the second season of The Simple Life. Despite the show’s high ratings, Richie and Hilton had clearly grown apart by 2005, and the reason for their split became a matter of public speculation.

While still appearing on the show, Hilton accepted other acting roles, including a minor but significant part in the horror film House of Wax. Her performance earned her the Teen Choice Award for Best Scream, as well as MTV Movie Award nominations for Choice Breakout and Best Frightened Performance.

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First Engagement and Album

In May 2005, Hilton announced her engagement to Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis, focusing on her romantic life. Five months later, the couple called it quits, and Hilton began dating Stavros Niarchos III, an heir to a different Greek shipping dynasty. Toward the end of the year, she dabbled in fashion, launched her own jewelry line, and released her sophomore writing effort, Your Heiress Diary: Confess It All To Me, another collaboration with Ginsberg.

Hilton ventured into music in 2006, releasing her self-titled debut album on her Heiress label. The No. 6 single featured a variety of genres as well as the work of producers such as Greg Wells, Kara DioGuardi, and Scott Storch. At the same time, Hilton continued her acting career, and as The Simple Life entered its fourth season, Richie and Hilton reconciled publicly.

Arrest and Jailtime

While her business ventures were flourishing, Hilton’s hard-partying private life caught up with her in September 2006, when she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Hilton was arrested and was sentenced to probation. Only a few months later, the heiress was back in court after the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office claimed she had violated the terms of her probation by driving on a suspended license.

Hilton was sentenced to 45 days in prison in May 2007, which was later reduced to 23 days. Hilton reported to the Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, California, on June 3, immediately following her appearance at the 2007 MTV Movie Awards. Hilton was released early in the morning on June 7 after only three full days in prison for unspecified health reasons. The court ordered her to serve the remainder of her sentence in home confinement for 40 days.

A judge ordered Hilton to return to jail in response to the perception that she was receiving preferential treatment because of her celebrity status. When she heard the sentence, Hilton exclaimed, “It’s not right!” and requested her mother. On June 13, she was transferred back to the Century Regional Detention Facility from the medical wing of the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

Hilton was released from jail on June 26, 2007, after serving a total of 22 days. The Hilton family received negative press for attempting to extract a million-dollar fee from Barbara Walters and ABC as networks competed for her first post-incarceration interview. An enraged Walters refused, and network interest waned. Eventually, a reformed Hilton appeared on Larry King Live for free, claiming that the minister at the jail had inspired her to make a “new beginning.”

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‘My New BFF,’ ‘The World According to Paris’

The Simple Life ended after five seasons in 2007. Hilton continued to act in major motion pictures, including Repo! The Genetic Opera (2008) and The Hottie & the Nottie (2008), and launched the MTV reality show Paris Hilton’s My New BFF.

Hilton, on the other hand, seemed to draw the most on-screen attention for her political views. On August 5, presidential candidate John McCain compared Hilton’s celebrity to that of rival candidate Barack Obama. Hilton responded with a video on Will Ferrell’s comedy website Her clever, comedic turn was well received by the media.

In May of 2008, Hilton announced her engagement to Good Charlotte guitarist Benji Madden. After a nine-month relationship, the couple divorced in November of that year.

In 2010, she began dating nightclub owner Cy Waits. The two had a very public relationship, which was documented in her Oxygen series, The World According to Paris, which aired in 2011. Their relationship was filled with drama, with the couple being arrested in Las Vegas for cocaine possession (her second drug charge of the year, after being caught with marijuana in Corsica) and Waits holding a gun to an intruder in Paris’ house. Their relationship ended in June 2011, one month before the end of The World According to Paris, after nearly a year.

DJ and More Music

Following the launch of several fragrances and stores around the world, Hilton decided to refocus her empire by returning to music. Hilton declared her desire to become a DJ in early 2012. In 2012, she made her DJ debut at the Pop Music Festical in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Her debut performance was poorly received. In October 2012, she appeared in a Korean pop video by artist Kim Jang Hoon.

To many people’s surprise, Hilton prepared to release her sophomore album under Cash Money Records—home to popular hip-hop artists Drake, Lil Wayne, and Nicki Minaj. Although a finished album was never released, Hilton did release a number of singles that charted on the dance charts over the next few years. She also continued to appear on television shows such as The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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‘Hollywood Love Story’

Hilton settled into a relationship with actor Chris Zylka after romances with younger boy toys such as Spanish model River Viiperi. They announced their engagement during a ski trip to Aspen, Colorado, in early 2018, before calling it off late that year.

In the spring of 2018, Viceland announced that Hilton would star in Hollywood Love Story, a new reality series about a group of fame seekers in Tinseltown. She announced in June that she was collaborating with the Boohoo fashion line on a new 70-piece collection that would debut later that month.

Hilton then kicked off 2020 with the premiere of her YouTube show Cooking with Paris.

Hilton announced her engagement to boyfriend Carter Reum in February 2021.

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