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African Poor Gets Hilton Billions, Paris Gets a Life Lesson

By Brian | December 27, 2007 | Share on Facebook

Words cannot express how happy this story makes me. Let’s follow the bouncing ball, shall we?

1944: Conrad Hilton, founder of the Hilton hotel chain, establishes the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, dedicated to “relieve the suffering, the distressed and the destitute.”

1979: Conrad Hilton dies, and leaves virtually all of his fortune to the Foundation.

1988: His son, Barron Hilton, reaches an out of court settlement after a nearly ten year battle to challenge the will, and retains half of the ownership stake in Hilton Hotels for himself, rather than having it go to help the suffering, distressed and destitute. (Bad Barron…)

2003: Barron’s granddaughter, Paris, becomes one of the most famous people in America (the world?) when a video of her and her boyfriend having sex makes its way around the Internet.

2006: Jerry Oppenheimer, author of House of Hilton, reports that Barron Hilton is embarrassed by the behavior of his socialite granddaughter and believes it has sullied the family name. Barron does not comment on these remarks.

2007: Paris is convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol, and sentenced to probation. She violates her probation and lands in jail for three dramatic, media-frenzied weeks, culminating in a “Get Out of Jail” party thrown for her by a large Las Vegas hotel and an exclusive television interview with Larry King that reportedly nets her millions of dollars.

Yesterday: Barron Hilton announces that he will leave 97% of his fortune (currently worth $2.3 billion) to the Conrad N. Hilton foundation, where it will be used to “provide clean water in Africa, education for blind children, and housing for the mentally ill.” (Good Barron…)

So, not only does Barron Hilton join the ranks of Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and others, who have made giving away gazillions of dollars trendy, but the African kids who need the money most finally get it.

Also, Paris Hilton finally gets something she’s been lacking for years now – consequences. Up until now, the only thing she’s ever done in her life that has cost her anything that was important to her was getting caught driving drunk a second time, which cost her three weeks of freedom. Now, it turns out that her sex video and all the associated celebrity parties, reality show stupidity, and other not-a-role-model nonsense that she’s been filling her life with has cost her a significant share of $2.3 billion and (I suspect) a significant chunk of her grandfather’s respect.

Seriously – this totally makes my day.

(SIDE NOTE: Hat-tip to Scalzi for pointing this out first. He criticizes MSNBC for writing a story about a large charitable donation and leading with Paris Hilton. I couldn’t disagree more. I hope every teenage girl in the world who ever thought Paris was “cool” reads this article because her name is in the title and thinks, “Damn…she got screwed!“)

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