Ages: 21 and 19
Family fortune: $300 million
Charity work: Toys for Tots
How to distinguish yourself from all the other young socialites? Dancing on bar banquettes and becoming gossip column fixtures helps, as Paris Hilton, 21, and her sister Nicky, 19 (granddaughters of Barron Hilton, who owns 6 percent of the $5.2 billion Hilton hotel chain) have discovered. “The Hiltons are leading the pack,” says society chronicler David Patrick Columbia. “They are the ones everybody wants to be like.” Not that the girls, who flit between family homes in Beverly Hills, the Hamptons and Manhattan, are all play and no work. Paris is in talks to star in a new reality show for FOX inspired by Green Acres, (yes, she would live on a farm), while Nicky just launched a line of handbags in Japan. “These girls have realized,” says designer Anand Jon, a pal, “that they can’t sit back on their last name.”
Written by: ALISON ADATO, GALINA ESPINOZA and MIKE NEILL
Reported by: LORENZO BENET, NINA BIDDLE, GABRIELLE COSGRIFF, TODD GOLD, JOHN MAIER, CATHY NOLAN, AMANDA ORR, REBECCA PALEY, VICKI SHEFF-CAHAN, DON SIDER, ELLIN STEIN, TRINE TSOUDEROS and TOULA VLAHOU
For more stories of super-rich teens, pick up the January 7, 2003, issue of PEOPLE.