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Austrian Businessman Invites Paris Hilton to Be His Guest at Vienna Opera Ball

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Nov. 21, 2005: Paris Hilton presents an award at the American Music AwardsAP

Each year, wealthy Austrian businessman Richard Lugner invites a celebrity to be his guest at Vienna's exclusive Opera Ball.

This year, Lugner and his wife will be accompanied by Paris Hilton, the 74-year-old real estate and construction mogul said at a news conference Wednesday.

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The 25-year-old socialite/actress/singer will travel to the Austrian capital with her parents and three girlfriends, Lugner was quoted as saying by the Austria Press Agency.

His past ball guests include Carmen Electra, Pamela Anderson, Andie MacDowell, Geri Halliwell and Grace Jones.

The Opera Ball, which will take place on Feb. 15 this year, is attended by Austria's politicians, socialites and foreign dignitaries. Tickets for the event, which is broadcast live on national television, are extremely hard to come by and sell out months ahead of time.