Kathy Hilton Net Worth, Personal Life & More!

Kathy Hilton is a $350 million American actress, fashion designer, and philanthropist. That is her combined net worth with Rick Hilton, her husband since 1979. Rick and Kathy Hilton are most famous for being the parents of Paris and Nicky Hilton.

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Kathy Hilton has added a lot of levity to season 11 of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kathy has made us wonder why she didn’t join the reality show sooner, from her hilarious sleeping habits to her antics with sister Kyle Richards. We could definitely watch an entire season of Kathy being completely herself. While Kathy does not want to be a full-time cast member, she did have an opportunity to shine this season.

Early Life

Kathleen Elizabeth Avanzino was born on March 13, 1959, to Kathleen Mary and Laurance K. Avanzino. Kathy’s paternal grandfather was Italian, and she also has Irish and Scottish ancestors. Hilton’s parents divorced, and she married Kenneth E. Richards, who had three grown children from a previous marriage. Kathy’s mother then had half-sisters, actresses Kim and Kyle Richards. Hilton has five paternal half-siblings as a result of her father’s remarriage. Kathy went to a private high school in Los Angeles and became best friends with Michael Jackson, with whom she remained very close until his death in 2009.

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Kathy’s career began before she met her future husband, Hilton Hotels heir Richard Hilton, when she was a child. She began her career as an actress at the age of nine, appearing in television shows such as “Bewitched,” “The Rockford Files,” “Nanny and the Professor,” “Happy Days,” “Family Affair,” and others. She also appeared in the films “The Dark” and “On the Air Live with Captain Midnight.” She met Richard Hilton when she was 15, around the time she “retired” from acting. Five years later, in 1979, the two married. Hilton had her own novelty gift and antique store called The Staircase on Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles in the 1980s and early 1990s.

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Kathy has dabbled in a return to her show business roots since marrying into the Hilton family. She began working as a host on the home-shopping network QVC in 2002, and three years later she hosted the NBC reality show I Want to Be a Hilton. She began selling skincare products on rival home-shopping network HSN two years later. She made a cameo appearance as herself on The Young and the Restless in 2008.

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She appeared on The World According to Paris in 2011. Kim and Kyle Richards, Hilton’s half-sisters, are both cast members on Bravo’s hit reality show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Kathy stated in 2012 that she refuses to watch her sisters on the show because they cause her to fall apart and cry. She has designed the Kathy Hilton Collection of party dresses since 2012, which are sold in over 400 stores worldwide, including Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom.

Personal Life

She and her husband, Richard Hilton, live in Bel Air with their four grown children, Paris and Nicky, and Barron and Conrad. Through their daughter Nicky and her husband James Rothschild, the Hiltons have two granddaughters. Her son Barron and his wife Tessa have given her a granddaughter. The couple lives in Los Angeles’ Bel Air neighborhood.

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Hilton is well-known for her charitable activities. She raised funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2007 by asking celebrities to auction off their possessions and donate the proceeds to the foundation.

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She was honored by the Starlight Children’s Foundation in 2011 with her two daughters at its “A Stellar Night” gala in Los Angeles.

Personal Real Estate

Rick and Kathy Hilton paid $3.385 million for a sprawling 7-bedroom 3-acre property in the Hamptons in 1999. They have traditionally rented this property during the summer seasons for $300,000 – $400,000. They paid $9.2 million for a large Bel-Air mansion in 2004. They paid $2.5 million for an apartment at New York City’s Pierre Hotel in 2014.