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The 10 Worst Celebrity Business Owners

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Paris Hilton

Paris Hilton failed at the business of being herself. All she had to do was behave herself in order to receive part of a $2.3 billion inheritance from her grandfather, but she just couldn't seem to do that. Granted, Hilton wouldn't have gotten all of that money, but her grandfather's heirs did get 3%, or $69 million apiece. Paris' take: $5 million, according to calculations by the New York Daily News. The rest her grandfather decided to give to charity instead.

Making matters even worse, the 29-year-old socialite is being sued for $35 million for wearing the wrong hair. The hair extension company says it also lost $6.6 million because she didn't attend a launch party. Where was she? In jail.

In another case, a federal judge has ruled that Hilton breached her contract when she allegedly refused interviews to promote the movie National Lampoon's Pledge This! and that she could be liable for about $160,000.

Hilton has previously been accused of not marketing products after getting paid. She was paid $1 million to promote a film in 2008, but was sued when she didn't do her job. Her legal problems have been detailed for too long, with the latest being felony drug possession for cocaine in her purse that she reportedly said she thought was chewing gum.

In the business of promoting herself, Hilton is either the smartest or dumbest celebrity business owner. Any publicity is good publicity, the saying goes, but losing millions for acting like a fool and not fulfilling your "work" obligations is publicity we'd rather not have. (Photo: AP)

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