Paris Hilton might look a million dollars but she’s apparently worth a heck of a lot more than that, as the glamorous socialite, reality TV star and occasional actress has revealed that her business empire raked in over a billion greenbacks during the last six years.
“I’m involved in my products every step of the way,” the heiress told lads’ mag FHM. “My fragrances are doing really well at the moment. They’ve produced more than $1.3 billion in revenue since 2005.”
She added: “I have 35 stores and 17 product lines and then there’s my racing team, my 14 fragrances and my new project, the Paris Hilton Beach Club chain.
“The first one is opening in the Philippines soon. It’s going to have nightclubs, restaurants, bars, gyms, everything really.”
And if that lot wasn’t enough to be getting on with, Paris also revealed that she plans to release a dance album over the summer, saying: “I have a huge passion for house music. It always has been my passion. I just haven’t been able to focus on it, because I have been doing reality TV for so long now.”
Hilton began her media career as a model, signing on for Donald Trump’s modelling agency at the age of 19. After fronting numerous high-profile advertising campaigns, she developed a reputation as “New York’s leading It Girl” aged 21.
Her emerging fame led to cameos in a number of films, including Zoolander and The Cat in the Hat, after which Paris landed her first reality show, The Simple Life. The series co-starred fellow socialite Nicole Richie and premiered in the midst of a media furore caused by a sex tape featuring Hilton and an ex-boyfriend that was leaked immediately before the show’s launch.
The Simple Life depicted the two pampered, big-city girls heading out into the countryside to try their hands at decidedly unglamorous farming and outdoor work. While the show was a success, Hilton and Richie fell out and it fizzled out after five seasons.
Following The Simple Life, she appeared in episodes of US drama series like The OC and Veronica Mars before landing her first serious acting role in horror movie The House of Wax.
Between movies, Hilton released her first album, Paris, on her own label Heiress Records, which reached number six on the US Billboard 200 chart.
Further film roles resulted in an all-singing, all-dancing turn in goth musical Repo! The Genetic Opera and the starring role as the titular Hottie in 2008’s The Hottie and the Nottie, which wasn’t especially well received, our in-house critic calling the film a “mess of a romantic comedy.”
Returning to TV, she launched the reality shows Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend and Paris Hilton’s My New BFF in 2009, all the while continuing to front high-profile international advertising campaigns as a model and develop her fortune-making range of products.
Despite a few scandals over the years, including a spell in jail, Paris Hilton has conquered the media world over the past decade, emerging as something of a modern-day polymath. With her ever-expanding portfolio of new businesses and her planned assault on the world of house music, we can only wonder where she’ll go from here…
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