Barron Hilton, who built the hotel empire and grandfather to Paris, has died at 91

Barron Hilton with Paris

Barron Hilton, a philanthropist and founder of the American Football League who made a name in the hotel industry, died this week. His granddaughter Paris Hilton said she was “deeply saddened” by the passing of her mentor.

Barron Hilton left 97% of his multi-billion dollar fortune to the Hilton Foundation, which focuses on foster youth, homelessness, safe drinking water, and kids with HIV/AIDS.

Barron Hilton built the Hilton brand into the most successful name in the industry. He also founded the L.A. Chargers.

The hotel magnate died on September 19 (Thursday), 2019.