Barron Hilton -- retired chairman, president and CEO of
Hilton Hotels Corp. -- died of natural causes at his Los Angeles home on
Thursday. He was 91.
Source: Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
He succeeded his father, Conrad Hilton, at Hilton Hotels in
1966 and greatly expanded the business. He ran Hilton for 30 years, during
which time he became known for his innovative real estate transactions,
including franchising and a move into the Las Vegas gaming market. Today,
Hilton remains one of the largest hotel companies in the industry and a key
supplier for the business travel market.
"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," said Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta in a statement.
Hilton, who also was chairman emeritus of the Conrad N.
Hilton Foundation, had been inducted into the BTN Group's Business Travel Hall
of Fame in 2017.
Source: Business Travel News