A famous American businessman, Conrad Hilton was the founder of renowned Hilton Group of Hotels. Read more about his life and achievements in the following article.
Famous as: American Hotelier and Businessman
religion: Roman Catholic
Born on: 25 December 1887 Famous 25th December Birthdays
Zodiac Sign: Capricorn Famous Capricons
Born in: San Antonio, New Mexico Territory, United States of America
Died on: 03 January 1979
place of death: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
father: Augustus Halvorsen "Gus" Hilton
mother: Mary Genevieve
siblings: Baron Hilton, Julian Hilton, Carl H. Hilton, Eva C. Hilton, August H. Hilton, Rosemary J. Hilton, Helen A. Hilton, Felice A. Hilton
Spouses: Mary Adelaide Barron (m. 1925 – 1934), Zsa Zsa Gabor (m. 1942 – 1946), Mary Frances Kelly (m. 1976 – 1979)
children: Conrad Nicholson "Nicky" Hilton, Jr. (1926-1969), William Barron Hilton (b. 1927), Eric Michael Hilton (b. 1933), Constance Francesca Hilton (b. 1947)
education: New Mexico Military Institute, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Founder/Co-Founder: Hilton Hotels
Works & Achievements: Founder of the Hilton Hotels chain.
Conrad Hilton was an American hotelier and businessman and the founder of the much renowned Hilton Hotels chain. Hilton's philanthropic philosophy was influenced by his mother's Catholic beliefs. He was told by his mother that prayer was the best investment that he could ever make. His two golden rules of being a successful hotelier were, "digging for gold" and "espirt de corps". Hilton received a number of honorary degrees from eminent institutions like the University of Detroit (1953), DePaul University (1954), Barat College (1955), Adelphi College (1957), Sophia University, Tokyo (1963), and the University of Albuquerque (1975). In 1957, he published his autobiography, "Be My Guest", which can be found at every hotel room of Hilton Hotels.
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was established in 1944 with a mission to alleviate human suffering worldwide.
Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize was created in 1996 by The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
The Conrad N. Hilton Chair in Business Ethics, The Hilton Distinguished Entrepreneur Award, and the Conrad N. Hilton Endowed Chair of Entrepreneurship at the College of Business Administration Loyola Marymount University
Conrad Hilton is the great grandfather of Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton.
A fictional version of Hilton portrayed by actor Chelcie Ross appears in the award-winning AMC television series Mad Men.
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Was born in San Antonio, New Mexico.
Was elected to the state legislature as a Republican.
Discharged from the Army, returned to San Antonio.
Built his first hotel built, the Dallas hotel. Married to Mary Adelaide Barron.
Opened the Abilene Hilton.
Opened the Waco Hilton.
Divorced from his first wife.
Built his first hotel outside of Texas in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Shifted his corporate headquarters to Los Angeles, married to actress Zsa Zsa Gabor.
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation was established
Separated from Zsa Gabor, formed the Hilton Hotels Corporation.
His company became the first hotel chain to be enlisted in the New York Stock Exchange.
Formed the Hilton Hotels International.
Leased the greatest hotel in the world, New York's Waldorf-Astoria.
Acquired the Statler hotel chain.
Published his autobiography, Be My Guest.
Handed over the administration of the company to his son Barron.
Married to Mary Frances Kelly.
Died at the age of 91.
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