Biography of Barry Hilton & Net Worth 2024

Biography of Barry Hilton & Net Worth 2024.

David Barry Hilton (born 29 January 1956 in Salisbury, Southern Rhodesia) is a South African stand-up comedian. Referred to by his middle name, Barry (aka ‘The Cousin’), he is also an actor, television personality, and motivational speaker. After 6 years of initially working as an electrician, he tried his hand at comedy – turning Professional in 1983 at the age of 26. Inspired by comedians Richard Pryor and Billy Connolly, Hilton’s personal style can best be described as a combination of observational, satirical, and physical comedy.

Early life and Education

Hilton was born in 1956 to Irene Natalie Lieveaux, a French Mauritian descendant and Lancashire-born father Jack Hilton. In 1961 Hilton’s family moved from Southern Rhodesia to North Wales where he attended St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Junior School from the age of 5 (1961) to the age of 10 (1966). Ages 11 to 12 were spent at Blessed Edward Jones Catholic High School in Rhyl until the family relocated to Newlands in Cape Town, South Africa where his father worked as a bricklayer. From March 1969 to December 1971 Hilton was a pupil at Observatory Boys (now Rhodes High School) but left at age 15 to start an apprenticeship at Joffe Electrical, which he completed in 1974.

Personal life

Hilton and wife, Sandy Hilton

Having six children of his own, Hilton is an avid supporter of the “Little Fighter’s Cancer Trust” and continually takes part in charity events to raise money and awareness for the West Rand Heart and Organ Transplant Foundation. Hilton is married to his third wife Sandy Hilton (2007–current) after two previous marriages to Janet McKirdy (1976–1980) and Jane Tweedie (1980–2004). He presently resides in Hermanus, South Africa with his wife and children.


In June 2013 he was invited back to Live at Parkers and again filmed for Comedy Central with the top-rated headlining acts from the past season. In July Hilton received the Comics Choice Lifetime Achiever Award. Winners of the prestigious awards are voted by fellow artists and receive a “Waldo” statuette of which only 6 are made each year, however only the “Lifetime Achiever” recipient receives the ring called the “Charles” named after Charlie Chaplin and are ‘honored’ at a special grilling at Parker’s a few weeks before the formal awards ceremony. Zimbabwean-born Hilton qualified for a nomination in 2014’s Zim awards for the Personality of the year award. Other nominees included John Vlismas, Getmore Sithole, Melgin Tafirenyika and Leroy Gopal. Hilton won and was at the prestigious ceremony in Johannesburg to collect his award. In 2015 The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International named Hilton a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation for assisting in the better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.

Barry Hilton Net Worth

David Barry Hilton’s net worth is estimated to be $7 Million.