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For some people, the universe puts together a perfect confluence of events that help define one’s destiny, and for Rick Hilton, surrounded by a family successful in property development, educated and experienced in the field, it was only natural that he would build one of the most successful luxury real estate companies in the U.S.
Industrious and entrepreneurial from an early age, Hilton started to develop his business acumen, taking advantage of every opportunity that came his way, selling stationery door to door in his youth and working as a hotel bell attendant during school breaks.
Hilton continued to develop his industry knowledge and savvy after graduating from the University of Denver by joining New York-based Eastdil Secured. In 1984, he formed Hilton Realty investment, growing it and subsequently merging it into the entity that he started with Jeff Hyland, Hilton & Hyland, in 1993.
Rick Hilton and Jeff Hyland have built Hilton & Hyland to a firm of international repute, representing buyers and sellers of select fine homes in the Los Angeles area, as well as exclusive coastal properties from Santa Barbara to San Diego.
Hilton’s family background, and his social and philanthropic contacts, have uniquely prepared his firm to represent some of the greatest homes in the U.S., including the sale of Candy Spelling’s 56,000 square foot, 123 room Holmby Hills estate; the property sold for a record-breaking $85 million with Hilton representing both the buyer and the seller. Hilton also set records for sales in Malibu and Brentwood, where he developed Brentwood Country Estates. Homes in Brentwood Country Estates have sold for up to $40 million dollars.
Capitalizing on their domestic success and contacts, Hilton & Hyland has embarked on an effort to greatly expand their international presence, becoming a founding affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. The firm is also the exclusive affiliate for Luxury Portfolio, giving further global exposure.
A resident of Bel Air, Hilton has been married to the former Kathy Richards for over thirty years, and together they are the parents to four children, Paris, Nicky, Barron and Conrad. Mr. and Mrs. Hilton are active socially and philanthropically in both Southern California and greater New York City.