Paris Whitney Hilton (born February 17, 1981) is an American socialite, actress and entertainer. She is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. Born in New York City and raised both there and in Beverly Hills, California, Hilton began her modeling career as a teenager when she signed with Donald Trump's modeling agency, T Management. Her party lifestyle and rumored short-lived relationships with Leonardo DiCaprio and Oscar De La Hoya made her a fixture in entertainment news. For her notoriety as a socialite, Hilton was hailed by the media as "New York's leading It Girl" in 2001.
Critics and admirers alike have stated that Hilton epitomizes the title of famous for being famous; she is an example of the modern phenomenon of the celebutante, the celebrity who rises to fame not because of their talent or work but because of their inherited wealth and controversial lifestyle. In recent years, she has parlayed her media fame into a fashion line and various perfumes with her celebrity endorsement—her fragrances have reportedly earned $1.5 billion. Currently, there are 44 Paris Hilton Stores worldwide and her brand includes perfumes, handbags, watches, footwear, among other products. Hilton earns over $10 million a year from her products sales and as of 2005, she was paid around $300,000 for appearances in clubs and events.