Barron Hilton, the hotelier and philanthropist who chaired the Hilton hotel chain has passed away at age 91.
Hilton took over Hilton Hotels Corporation as president and CEO in 1966 after succeeding his father, Conrad Hilton, who founded the hotel empire. Barron Hilton was also a founding owner of the now-Los Angeles Chargers NFL football team.
“Today the world of hospitality mourns for one of the greats. Barron Hilton was an incredible family man, business leader and philanthropist. From his leadership of our company for more than three decades, to the transformative work he led with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation for many years, Barron was a man unlike any other. I always found inspiration in how he saw the tremendous potential of hospitality to change the world for the better – and in the unique and meaningful ways he sought to make that happen," a statement read.
“On behalf of everyone at Hilton, I extend our deepest condolences to the Hilton family.” – Christopher J. Nassetta, President and CEO, Hilton.Please visit the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation website to learn more about the life and contribution of Barron Hilton.