As one of the earliest celebrity influencers, Perez Hilton is best known for blogging celebrity gossip and posting tabloid photos. Outside of blogging, Perez is also an actor, entrepreneur, and podcaster. As of 2022, Perez Hilton has a net worth of $20 million.
On March 23, 1978, Perez was born Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. in Miami, Florida. He was raised by Cuban immigrants who resided in Westchester and Little Havana.
As a child, he always dreamed of becoming an actor and auditioned for many roles but was often rejected. When he attended an all-boys Catholic school in Miami, he participated in several high school plays.
After graduating from high school, he moved to New York and studied acting at New York University. Perez graduated from the institution in 1996.
After college, Mario tried to dive into the acting world, but found it easier to get writing jobs. He briefly served as a media relations assistant at various LGBTQ+ organizations like Instinct, GLAAD, and Urban Outings.
As a hobby, he started a blog called PageSixSixSix.com. Not exactly the catchiest name and it wasn’t an immediate hit. The budding writer poured all his time and energy into the website, working 17 hours to publish 30 pages each day.
In about six months, the site became famous for its controversial content. Perez then renamed it PerezHilton.com, a pun on his favorite star, Paris Hilton. Unfortunately the two are not related!
Perez made her television debut in 2001 on HBO’s The Sopranos. When his blog became famous, he had his own reality show in 2007, What Perez Sez, on VH1. He then appeared on shows like Celebrity Big Brother, TRL, Extra and MuchMusic.
In 2012, he began performing in off-Broadway musicals such as Full House! and NEWSical. In 2015, he started the Perez Hilton podcast with Chris Booker. The blogger currently owns an online e-commerce website called MyTrueTen CBD in 2021 they sell CBD Gummies.
One of his most recent media projects is the Netflix-produced documentary, “The Real Bling Ring: Hollywood Heist.” The program is set to release on September 21, 2022.
Net worth and earnings
Perez Hilton’s blog was his main source of income and at its peak attracted over 100 million views. In 2007, he was charging $9,000 a week on Blogads to place an ad in the top right column.
No recent earnings have been released, but the blog is believed to generate millions of dollars in ad revenue each year. Blog traffic has been declining since 2016.
Apart from blogging, his other sources of income are media roles and running an e-commerce website. As a result, Perez is worth around $20 million according to Celebritynetworth.com.
Hilton also has three surrogate children. His small family resides in an elegant 2 million dollar villa in West Hollywood built in the 1920s.
However, his life has never been easy. Due to the nature of his work, he has been embroiled in numerous lawsuits, arguably the biggest being a $7.5 million copyright case against a photography company called X17Online. Perez lost, but the settlement was not disclosed.