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 Steven Hilton, the Grandson of Conrad N. Hilton, Named
Chairman & CEO of Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
LOS ANGELES Aug. 22, 2005 - Steven Hilton has been named chairman and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, one of the nation's largest philanthropic organizations. The new responsibilities are in addition to his role as president which he has held since 1998. Hilton succeeds long-time chairman and CEO, Donald Hubbs, who retired recently from the foundation after 36 years. Hubbs joined the foundation in 1969, served as president from 1981-1998 and became chairman and CEO in 1998. 

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the foundation was created in 1944 by hotel entrepreneur and business leader, Conrad N. Hilton, and is well known for its $1.5 million Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world's largest humanitarian prize. It is awarded annually to an organization that is significantly alleviating human suffering. Along with its related entities, the foundation has total assets of approximately $2.5 billion, and since its inception has provided $433 million in grants to organizations throughout the United States and the world. It is one of the few U.S. foundations with a worldwide mission, in keeping with the wishes of Conrad Hilton who noted that the Hilton fortune was built on international as well as domestic hotels. 

Steven Hilton has worked in the field of philanthropy for 22 years. The grandson of Conrad N. Hilton, he joined the foundation in 1983 and was named vice president in charge of programs in 1989. In this capacity, Hilton directed the foundation's grantmaking activities and had primary oversight of programs for the multi-handicapped blind, mentally ill homeless, international water development, and early childhood development. 

Prior to joining the foundation, Hilton worked for five years in hotel management in Alabama, Georgia and California with the Hilton Hotels Corporation and was also involved in aquaculture (fish farming) businesses. A graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara, Hilton earned his MBA degree from the University of California at Los Angeles. 

Hilton serves on the boards of both the foundation and the Conrad N. Hilton Fund. In addition, he is a board member of St. Joseph Center and the Southern California Association for Philanthropy. 

Hilton resides in Malibu with his wife, Lisa, an accomplished pianist and composer, and their two children, Christian and Fiona. 

Conrad N. Hilton

Hard work, faith in God, an abiding patriotic confidence in the United States and the capacity to dream as large as his imagination would allow were the cornerstones of Conrad Hilton's life.

Born in a primitive adobe dwelling on Christmas Day, 1887, in San Antonio, New Mexico Territory, Conrad Hilton was one of seven children born to a Norwegian immigrant father and a German-American mother. Working at his father's general store, the young boy developed entrepreneurial skills that would guide him for a lifetime.

The most enduring influence to shape Mr. Hilton's philanthropic philosophy beyond that of his parents was the Roman Catholic Church and its Sisters. He credits his mother, Mary, with guiding him to prayer and the Church whenever he was troubled or dismayed from a boyhood loss of a beloved pony to severe financial losses during the Great Depression. His mother continually reminded him that prayer was the best investment he would ever make.

Conrad Hilton was recognized worldwide for his leadership and vision during the Depression and World War II as well as in prosperity. Using extraordinary instinct, enthusiasm and business acumen, he created the largest and most profitable international hotel chain.

Beginning with his first purchase, the 40-room Mobley Hotel in Cisco, Texas, in 1919, to the thousands of guest rooms at Hilton properties throughout the world at the time of his death, his name remains synonymous with hotels. He capitalized on this global success by taking advantage of his role as an entrepreneurial statesman to promote a post-World War II philosophy of reconciliation and nonviolence, as reflected in a Hilton corporate motto of that time, "World Peace Through International Trade and Travel."

Conrad Hilton successfully combined a lifetime of professional achievement together with a genuine feeling of concern and responsibility toward the less fortunate. This most sensitive of human qualities is reflected beautifully in his Last Will and Testament wherein he creates a legacy by directing that his wealth be eternally reinvested to alleviate human suffering throughout the world.

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

The Foundation generally does not encourage unsolicited proposals for funding. Instead, it identifies critical societal needs, then proactively initiates major, long-term projects with appropriate partner organizations to implement them. In accordance with Conrad N. Hilton's Last Will and Testament, the Foundation seeks to alleviate the suffering of the world's most disadvantaged, with a special emphasis on children and support for the work of the Roman Catholic Sisters. 

Key program areas include:

Catholic Sisters
Blindness-related Services & Prevention
Domestic Violence
Early Childhood Development
Housing for the Mentally Ill Homeless
Hotel & Restaurant Management Education
Safe Water Development
Substance Abuse


Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Barbara Casey

Also See: Hilton Foundation Donates $2.5 Million to Conrad N. Hilton College, University of Houston / June 1998

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