|Date of Birth
|March 23, 1978
|Blogger, Columnist, Media Personality
His Early Life
He was born in Miami, Florida to parents from Cuba. His birth name is Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. He spent his formative years in an all-boys Catholic school and also was brought up in Little Havana and Westchester.
Why He Is Called Perez Hilton
lar belief, he and socialite Paris Hilton are not related. He chose his name as a wordplay on the famous Paris Hilton.
Why He Started Blogging
in 1996 to study acting at New York University. Although he has acted in productions like music videos his main source of income is from blogging. He started blogging because 1. It was said by him to be easy. 2. It was easier to write about celebrities than about himself. He graduated from NYU in 2000.
How The Site Perez Hilton.com Became Popular?
Firstly his blog started out as a pastime. It was initially named Page Six com. One would think that a blog with such a name would attract negative press and it did. There was a lot of bad press from The Insider. But any publicity is good publicity so the traffic soared.
He then renamed this blog to Perez Hilton. His site became popular due to his unique take on celebrities, actually attending famous gatherings, and picturing himself with famous people. He has positive relationships with many celebs including his namesake Paris Hilton.
Ventures Outside of Blogging
He has acted in several TV shows like The Sopranos especially when he was struggling as a guest actor. Later on he got his own shows as the lead presenter with one example being What Perez Sez. He has also acted in several movies and music videos.
Why Is He So Controversial?
He has been criticized for reporting one-sided news coverage. For example, he does not criticize celebrities he prefers like Paris Hilton. But he has been negative about celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens and Taylor Momsen.
Furthermore, he got into a textual altercation with pop singer and actress Miley Cyrus over a tweet where she criticized him. His reply made the tweet soar in infamy.
His Legal Issues
Over the years he has been involved in various legal issues. Many previously unreleased songs by Britney Spears were posted on PerezHilton.com. This led to Sony taking legal action against him. Then he also posted a photograph of actress Jennifer Aniston in a topless setting and provided a link to actor Colin Farrell’s sex tape on his website. These actions resulted in numerous lawsuits.
Perez Hilton has had its fair share of controversies over the years. Fidel Castro’s death was wrongfully announced on the site which even led to a reply by the politician.
His site has also been the subject of infamy among getting celebrities out of the closet forcefully. This is done by posting compromising images or information where celebrities have to come out as gay. However, the site has been commended for its coming-out profiles of Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris.
Many gay community figures have criticized Hilton’s tactics. In opposition, he has said that these steps were taken as positive for the gay community. What we can all agree on is that these events have been controversial.
His Earnings and What He Was Offered To Sell His Site
He has earned a lot from his site which has led to his $20 million net worth. In 2007, the ad revenue he charged was $9000 per week for a single ad, and $45,000 for his comprehensive ad package. Nowadays, the site doesn’t have the reach it once used to. He was reportedly offered $50 million to sell his site at its peak. It was an offer he refused.
His Relationships and Personal Life
For a famous blogger, there have been no reported relationships as of now. However, he is a family man. He has three children from three different surrogates. He is also very close to New York as a place to bring up his family.
In 2013, he moved to Manhattan researching many properties in the area.
A West Hollywood Mediterranean-style villa was bought by him in 2009 for a whopping $2 million. This house was listed for sale in 2016 for $2.9 million.
Hilton bought and listed for sale another house in Los Angeles’ Mid-City neighborhood. He bought it for $2.9 million in 2015 and in 2023 put it up for sale for $4.2 million.
He moved it to Las Vegas in 2023.
|Date of Birth
|March 23, 1978
This is all you need to know about Perez Hilton Net Worth of $20 million. He has also written for various publications such as GLAAD. If you are interested in similar celebrities check out Paris Hilton Net Worth and Nick Denton Net Worth.