Chris Zylka is widely known as the partner of Paris Hilton but he actually has a life and career aside from the relationship. He may be engaged to a very rich and famous heiress, but he's made a fortune on his own. Chris Zylka is worth an estimated $4 million and there are quite a few people who are interested in knowing how he came to be a multimillionaire. Was it through his relationship with Paris or from his modeling career? We looked into Zylka's history and career and this is what we learned.
His early years
Zylka was a native of Ohio, growing up in the city of Youngstown. His family was not wealthy and they all knew what it was to grow up struggling financially. Chris had a very different upbringing than his fiancee Paris. He finished high school and then enrolled at the University of Toledo where he was an art major and played football. His education was interrupted by a family crisis when his grandfather had a heart attack and he left school to take care of him. He developed a passion for acting when he was with his grandfather who had himself studied acting. When he got the opportunity, he relocated to Los Angeles where he pursued his career in acting, but it wasn't an easy task for Chris.
Chris Zylka had a rough go when he first arrived in Los Angeles. Homeless, his first days were spent living in a parking lot. It wasn't easy for him to find jobs in the beginning. He landed a job working in a restaurant as a server. He did find a manager who was able to help him land a part in the television show 90210. Chris Zylka is his stage name. His birth name is Chris Settlemire, but instead he chose to go with his mother's maiden name to honor his grandfather. He also appeared on the television series "Everybody Hates Chris," also in "the Leftovers," "The Amazing Spider-man, "Kaboom," "Teen Spirit,""10 Things I Hate About You," "Shark Night," Piranha 3DD," Twisted," and several others. In addition to being an actor, he also took up modeling jobs on the side and achieved a measure of success in this aspect of his career, appearing in magazine advertisements and furthering his public exposure.
His personal life
Prior to his engagement to Paris Hilton, Zylka dated Hanna Beth, a designer and model. The couple was engaged to be married until the relationship ended because of a terrible fight that they had on the internet. The two called off the wedding and not long afterwards, Chris and Paris started seeing one another. The two dated occasionally and flirted with one another but they didn't get serious about making it official until 2017 on a ski trip to Colorado. It was during the trip that Chris asked Paris Hilton to marry him and the heiress accepted. He was prepared with an engagement ring that is valued at $2 million.
Chris Zylka has a very interesting story to tell. Unlike his fiancee, he knows what it is to work hard for everything that you have and to even go without some of life's necessities, such as a place to live and sleep. He's also worked at jobs that are menial but he's not a complainer, rather he's a hard worker who doesn't mind making sacrifices to reach his personal and professional goals in life.
How did Chris Zylka achieve his net wealth of $4 million?
Chris achieved his current net worth by working for it and by making sacrifices to get where he is today. He had a really rocky start when he first embarked on his acting career. Once his manager saw Chris' true talents and skills in the field, it became easier for them to find recurring roles in television series. Chris is still in his early 30s and he has a long career ahead of him. Marrying into the Hilton family is bound to only serve to augment his career that has already been well established. He's earned his fortune but it's important for everyone to realize that he has also paid heavy dues along the way.
Written by Dana Hanson
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