Is anyone surprised?
Kathy Hilton the *half sister of Kyle Richards & Kim Richards, has joined the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills.
Kathy will possibly be a “friend of the show,” which means she’ll make regular appearances and possibly do confessionals but isn’t considered a full-time cast member, as yet.
Kathy has been married to Rick Hilton, 65, for 41 years, who is chairman and co-founder of Hilton & Hyland, a real estate brokerage firm based in Beverly Hills, California. Kyle’s husband Mauricio Umansky used to work with Rick, but allegedly stole clients from Rick’s firm to start his own real estate company called The Agency, which caused the sisters to stop talking for a while. Rick’s family owns Hilton Hotel & Resorts.
Kathy and Rick have four children Paris Hilton, 39, Nicholai ‘Nicky’ Hilton Rothschild, 37, (yep she married into that family), Barron Hilton II, 30 and Conrad Hughes Hilton, 26.
The former patriarch of the Hilton family, Barron Hilton, ended up leaving 97% of his estate to the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation when he died in September 2019. That left just 3% to be divided among his numerous heirs. That wasn’t always the plan. Allegedly at one point not long ago, Barron was all set to leave his entire $4.5 billion estate to his family. He changed his mind in 2007 reportedly after being so embarrassed by what Paris had done to the Hilton name, (sex tape). This change in estate planning effectively doubled the holdings of the foundation named for his father, Conrad (who built the family hotel empire from nothing). Again allegedly thanks to Paris, they just lost out on $4.5 billion.
After making brief appearances in past seasons, RHOBH producers made an offer to Kathy to join, but she was in the deciding stage. Clearly, they offered her a lot of money.
Production filming has already started.
We also just announced yesterday that Crystal Kung Minkoff is also joining season 11. She married to the director of the “Lion King” Rob Minkoff and the first Asian American to join the show, in Bravo’s attempt to end racism on their network.
*Kathy’s father was her mothers Kathleen Richards’ first husband Laurence K. Avanzino.