Paris Hilton says goodbye to Grandpa, Barron Hilton … the former Hilton Hotels chairman and founding owner of the Los Angeles Chargers is dead.
Paris posted a heartfelt tribute to her late grandfather on social media Friday afternoon, saying that she is deeply saddened by his death and called Barron a visionary.
Barron, son of the Patriarch Conrad Hilton died Thursday of natural causes … according to the Conrad Hilton Foundation. Paris says she talked to Grandpa just days before he died, and she told him how much impact he made in her life.
Barron expanded the family's Hilton Hotel empire and helped launch the American Football League as the Chargers' first owner, paving the way for the modern NFL.
After serving in the Navy and spending two decades as an entrepreneur, Barron began the family biz as Hilton Hotels vice president way back in 1954 and quickly rose through the ranks to become chairman, president and CEO.
In 1959, Lamar Hunt contacted Barron and several other wealthy businessmen, and they formed the AFL. Barron founded the Chargers and bought the franchise for $ 25,000. Under Barron, Bolts became the first pro football team to put players' names on the backs of their jerseys, and he was instrumental in designing the team's iconic lightning bolt logo.
Barron helped Lamar negotiate the AFL-NFL merger in 1965, and in & # 39; 66, Hilton sold its controlling interest in the Chargers to take over Hilton Hotels.
Barron is survived by his 2 daughters, 6 sons, 15 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.