Richard Howard Hilton[2] (born August 17, 1955) is an American businessman. He is the chairman and co-founder of Hilton & Hyland, a real estate brokerage firm based in Beverly Hills, California, that specializes in homes and estates in Beverly Hills, Holmby Hills, Bel-Air, Brentwood, Pacific Palisades, Malibu, Hollywood Hills, as well as estates from Santa Barbara to San Diego.[3]

Richard Hilton
Hilton in 2008
Richard Howard Hilton

(1955-08-17) August 17, 1955 (age 68)
Alma materUniversity of Denver (BS)
(m. 1979)
Children4, including Paris and Nicky
RelativesHilton family



Early life


Hilton was born in Los Angeles, California, the sixth of eight children to Marilyn June (née Hawley) and Barron Hilton, whose father was Hilton Hotel founder Conrad Hilton. In 1978, he graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in hotel and restaurant management. His siblings are: William Barron Hilton Jr. (born 1948), Hawley Anne Hilton (born 1949), Steven Michael Hilton (born 1950), David Alan Hilton (born 1952), Sharon Constance Hilton (born 1953), Daniel Kevin Hilton (born 1962), and Ronald Jeffrey Hilton (born 1963).



Hilton joined the New York office of Eastdil Secured,[4] a real estate investment banking firm and spinoff of Eastman Dillon. He specialized in securing participation of institutional investors and pension funds in various transactions.

In 1984, he formed Hilton Realty Investment to handle commercial real estate. He obtained his broker license on November 29, 1985.[5] Hilton and Jeffrey Hyland were issued a corporation license for their real estate firm Hilton & Hyland on July 26, 1993.[6] Among their developments are Brentwood Country Estates.[7] Former Million Dollar Listing cast members Chad Rogers and Josh Altman; Frank Robinson's daughter, Nichelle; Ron Kass's son, Robert; Anne Heche's former husband, Coleman Laffoon; Rayni Romito Williams and Branden Brent Williams,[8][9] Richard D. Zanuck's daughter-in-law, Marisa, are among Hilton & Hyland's 106 salespeople.[10] In 2012, Hilton & Hyland reported almost $3.5 billion in sales[11][12] Since 2006, Williams & Williams has been affiliated with the Hilton & Hyland Real Estate Inc. Both companies joined forces to develop and distribute projects in the highly competitive real estate luxury market.[13][14][15]

Personal life


Hilton married Kathy Avanzino on November 24, 1979, when he was 24 years old and she was 20 years old. They have four children:

They live in Bel Air, Los Angeles.[16] Hilton has eight grandchildren, two by Paris, three by Nicky[17][18][19] and three by Barron.[20][21]


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  8. ^ “Hilton&Hyland: About Rayni Williams”
  9. ^ “Hilton&Hyland: About Branded Williams”
  10. ^ "Salespersons Affiliated With License Number: 01160681" State of California Department of Real Estate 21 July 2011
  11. ^ "The Hilton & Hyland Story | Hilton & Hyland". Retrieved 2020-09-23.
  12. ^ Erin Mendell, "How Rick & Kathy Hilton Built Their Empire: Raising Paris Hilton is just part of their résumé. Rick and Kathy Hilton on their path to a $300 million fortune." The Wall Street Journal, March 28, 2014.
  13. ^ Kiefer, Peter (September 14, 2018). "THR's annual report on the pros making the biggest sales, including L.A.'s first-ever 10-figure listing". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
  14. ^ “Business Insider,”
  15. ^ “Los Angeles Business Journal”
  16. ^ Booth Moore, Special occasion calls for a twist with Kathy Hilton, The Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2012
  17. ^ "Nicky Hilton Rothschild Welcomes Daughter Lily Grace Victoria". People. July 8, 2016.
  18. ^ "Nicky Hilton Rothschild Welcomes Daughter Teddy Marilyn. "People." December 23, 2017.
  19. ^ "Nicky Hilton Shares First Photos of Newborn Son: 'Baby Bliss'". "People." July 21, 2022.
  20. ^ "It's a Girl! Barron Hilton and Wife Tessa Welcome Daughter Milou Alizee". People. March 13, 2020.
  21. ^ "Barron Hilton and Wife Tessa Welcome Second Baby, Son Caspian: 'Over the Moon'. People. September 6, 2022.