Barron Hilton, hotelier and philanthropist, has died at the age of 91, according to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. “My father was a loving husband to our mother, Marilyn, a wonderful role model to his eight children, a loyal and generous friend, visionary businessman, respected leader and a passionate sportsman,” his son Steve Hilton said in a statement. “He lived a life of great adventure and exceptional accomplishment.” His famous granddaughter Paris Hilton also posted a loving tribute to her grandfather, calling him both a legend and a visionary. Hilton started his career in hospitality as a teen parking cars at his father’s Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. He served in the Navy, was a pilot, an avid photographer, and former owner of the Los Angeles Chargers football team. In 2007, he gave $1.2 billion to his philanthropic foundation after the sale of the Hilton hotel chain.
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