Kathy Hilton's main claim to fame these days is her status as Paris Hilton's mother, but she has a formidable estimated net worth of around $300 million to provide solace for that fact. And for a net worth like that, wouldn't you be willing to deal with a couple embarrassing incidents from your kids? Her career actually began when she was a child, before she had even met her future husband, Hilton heir Richard Hilton. At age 9, she began working as an actress, appearing in such TV shows as Bewitched, The Rockford Files, and Happy Days. At 15, she met Richard Hilton, around the same time that she "retired" from acting. The two married 5 years later in 1979.
Since marrying into the Hilton family, Kathy has dabbled in a return to her show business roots. In 2002, she began working as a host on home-shopping network QVC, and 3 years later she hosted the reality television program I Want to Be a Hilton on NBC. 2 years after that, she began selling skincare products on rival home-shopping network HSN. Her latest venture was in 2008, when she made a cameo appearance on the soap opera The Young and the Restless as herself.