Barron Hilton has died

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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.
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Source: Business Travel News

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