In aughts-era Hollywood, heiress Paris Hilton became the original celebutante-- celebrities who are famous for being famous-- with a fame that was fueled by vast wealth. While she frequently appeared in the tabloids, partied, and made various screen appearances in movies and even on the runway, Hilton’s fortune made her lavish lifestyle and well-known reputation possible. Even before landing her reality TV show, Hilton’s socialite influence on parties and the local tabloids soon became business opportunities. Party promoters began to offer Paris Hilton and her sister, Nicky Hilton, paychecks for simply going to certain parties because of all the media attention their appearance would inevitably bring. 
While this socialite’s financial gains only escalated from there, her celebrity multiplied as well, undoubtedly due to the fortune Hilton already held in the first place.
In 2003, Hilton saw her fame peak when an illegal sex tape of her and her then-boyfriend Rick Saloman began to circulate the internet. 
Weeks after this video was released, Hilton debuted her own reality TV show, The Simple Life, which would star Hilton and her long-time friend Nicole Richie as they both attempted to work blue-collar jobs. Hilton adopted a ditzy, baby-voiced persona in the show to further increase viewers and make profits. 
After 5 seasons, the reality TV show ended and Hilton’s fame relatively declined thereafter. But the fortune such a show afforded Hilton, aided by her inherited wealth, only expanded Hilton’s own stardom. Hilton’s status was derived primarily via money.
Although Hilton is no longer New York’s ‘It Girl’ or at the center of the tabloids like she had been in the early 2000s, she remains the head of a billion-dollar empire. Hilton holds stores in 31 countries, selling many products like perfume, shoes, and handbags. 
With regards to her former celebutante scene, her past apprentice, Kim Kardashian, now holds the limelight. Even so, Hilton performed a ditzy character on television and repeatedly partied to increase her fame and fortune, which she accomplished. But this fame had its beginnings in Hilton’s riches, and such fortune plainly paid a pivotal role in securing her fame.