She is best known for her love of partying, which she shared with her best friend, Paris Hilton. And yet, Nicole Richie has changed a lot since then. Born in 1981 in Berkley, California, she was abandoned by her biological parents at the age of 2. She will be adopted by Lionel Richie and his wife at the time, Brenda Harvey Richie, before a divorce which will deeply mark the young girl in 1993. In 1986, Nicole Richie joined the famous Buckley school where she met her best friend Paris Hilton. While her first ambition to become a figure skater, Michael Jackson’s goddaughter entered the University of Arizona alongside Kourtney Kardashian, after graduating from Montclair College Preparatory School in 1999. She studied there Arts and Media for two years before returning to California. It was during her graduate studies that Nicole Richie was noticed for her attraction to parties, and to the world of showbiz. A universe in which she will quickly dive.