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Hugh Hefner was an American adult magazine publisher best known for being the founder of Playboy Enterprises

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BirthdayApril 9, 1926
Died onSeptember 27, 2017
NationalityAmerican
FamousFounder of Playboy Magazine, Atheists, Atheists/Agnostics, Philanthropists, Northwestern University, University Of Illinois, Business People, Media Personalities, Publishers, ESFP
City/StateIllinois
SpousesBarbi Benton, Holly Madison, Kimberley Conrad
SiblingsKeith Hefner
Known asHugh Marston Hefner
Childrens Christie Hefner
Universities
  • Northwestern University,University Of Illinois
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Northwestern University
  • Steinmetz College Prep
Notable Alumnis
  • Northwestern University
  • University Of Illinois
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Playboy Enterprises
  • Playboy Club
Birth PlaceChicago
ReligionAtheism
Height175cm
GenderMale
FatherGlenn Lucius Hefner
MotherGrace Caroline Hefner
Net Worth$55 million as of Mar 4,2017
Sun SignAries
Born inChicago
Famous asFounder of Playboy Magazine
Died at Age91

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Who is Hugh Hefner?

Hugh Hefner was an American adult magazine publisher best known for being the founder of Playboy Enterprises. He is credited to have revolutionized the adult entertainment industry with the introduction of the ‘Playboy’ magazine and eventually extended his enterprise to include television and internet ventures. When he published the first issue of the magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe in 1953, he had no idea of how popular the publication would become. ‘Playboy’ enjoyed instant success—the first issue sold more than 50,000 copies—catapulting both the magazine and its founder to widespread popularity. Before founding the immensely successful yet equally notorious magazine, Hefner had been a journalist for ‘Esquire’ and had also served in the World War II. Born into a conservative family in Chicago, he studied psychology, creative writing and art in college and embarked on a career as a journalist. However, he left his job after being refused a raise and went on to found the adult magazine that would take the entertainment world by storm. Not surprisingly, Hefner epitomizes the lifestyle promoted by his magazine and has had a string of sexy models as his girlfriends. But his life was not just about sex; he was also a well-known political activist and a philanthropist who contributed generously to several causes.

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Childhood & Early Life

Hugh Hefner was born on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, to Grace and Glenn Hefner as the elder of their two sons. His parents, both teachers, were strict Methodists with deep Midwestern roots.

He went to Sayre Elementary School and then to Steinmetz High School in Chicago. He developed an early interest in journalism and founded a school newspaper while in high school and also served as president of the student council where he championed student causes.

He served in the U.S. Army for two years toward the end of World War II, and was discharged in 1946. He used to write for a military newspaper.

After the war he studied at the Chicago Art Institute before enrolling at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from where he graduated in 1949 with a B.A. in psychology with a double minor in creative writing and art.

Career

Bright and ambitious, he worked as an assistant personnel manager for the Chicago Carton Company 1949, and as an advertising copywriter for the Carson Pirie Scott department store before landing a job as a promotion copywriter with the magazine ‘Esquire’ which was a publication for men that featured articles on topics such as men’s fashion and also illustrations from pinup artists such as George Petty and Alberto Vargas.

He worked there till 1952 and left after being denied a $5 raise. Determined to start his own publication, he mortgaged his furniture and generated funds from investors, and finally launched the magazine ‘Playboy’.

The first issue of the magazine was published in December 1953. It featured a nude image of the famous sex symbol Marilyn Monroe from a 1949 calendar shoot. The magazine was an instant success and sold over 50,000 copies.

Delighted at this success, he began hiring other people to assist him in making the magazine more interesting to the audience and for promoting the publication. ‘Playboy’ saw unprecedented success; by the end of the decade, the magazine was selling more than a million copies a month.

Inspired by the phenomenal growth of his enterprise, Hefner held the first Playboy Jazz Festival at the Chicago Stadium which became known as the greatest single weekend in the history of jazz.

By the 1960s, Hugh Hefner’s name had become synonymous with the “Good Life” that countless Americans craved for—not only was he very wealthy, he was also always surrounded by beautiful and sexy young models.

He extended his business to purchase what became known as the Playboy Mansion at 1340 North State Parkway, and opened the first Playboy Club. He also wrote several editorials exemplifying what he called “The Playboy Philosophy” and questioned the American heritage of Puritan repression. With its erotic images and interesting articles, it did not take long for ‘Playboy’ to become the largest-selling men’s magazine in the world.

During the 1960s Hefner hosted two short-run television series, ‘Playboy's Penthouse’ (1959–60) and ‘Playboy After Dark’ (1969–70).

The success of the Playboy Enterprises continued touching new heights in the 1970s; the magazine was selling in excess of seven million copies a month. There were also 23 Playboy Clubs, resorts, hotels and casinos with more than 900,000 members worldwide. The company also owned a record label and a television and motion picture company, and produced popular television movies as ‘Third Girl From The Left’, ‘The Death of Ocean View Park’, ‘The Cop and the Kid’, and ‘A Whale For The Killing’.

The pressures of running such a hugely popular magazine, the stress of wild partying and the constant strain of being in the spotlight took its toll on Hugh Hefner’s health in the 1980s and he suffered a stroke which prompted him to change his lifestyle. He turned over control of Playboy Enterprises to his daughter Christie and began focusing more on philanthropic activities.

Major Works

Hugh Hefner is best known as the founder of the Playboy Enterprises, Inc. which manages the ‘Playboy’ magazine empire along with other business ventures. The company also owns and operates the iconic Playboy Mansion property in Los Angeles, California. The ‘Playboy’ played an important role in the sexual revolution in America and remains one of the best known brands in the world.

Philanthropic Works

Hugh Hefner is actively involved with several philanthropic causes. He helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign in 1978 and personally contributed $27,000.

He made a donation of $100,000 to the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts to create a course called "Censorship in Cinema," and $2 million to endow a chair for the study of American film.

He is also an animal lover and has organized fundraiser events for Much Love Animal Rescue as well as Generation Rescue. In addition, he donated $900,000 to a conservation group for a land purchase needed to stop the development of the famed vista of the Hollywood Sign in 2010.

Awards & Achievements

He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors in 1998.

He was presented with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, the highest honor of the Magazine Publishers of America in 2002.

Dr. Lois Lee, founder and president of the Children of the Night, presented Hefner with the organization's first-ever Founder's Hero of the Heart Award in 2010 in appreciation for his unwavering dedication, commitment and generosity.

Personal Life & Legacy

Hugh Hefner’s first marriage was to Mildred Williams in 1949 which produced two children, a daughter, Christie, and a son, David. The couple divorced in 1959.

He tied the knot for the second time in 1989 with Playmate of the Year Kimberley Conrad. He has two sons from this marriage. The couple separated in 1998 and finally divorced in 2010.

He married model Crystal Harris on December 31, 2012; Hefner was 86 and Harris 26 at the time of their much publicized wedding.

In addition to the women he married, he had sexual relations with several other women, most of them models working for ‘Playboy’. Some of his noted mistresses were Barbi Benton, Brande Roderick, Holly Madison, and Kendra Wilkinson. He also experimented with bisexuality.

Hugh Hefner died of natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion, on 27 September 2017

Net Worth

Hugh Hefner has an estimated net worth of $50 million.

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Hugh Hefner biography timelines

  • // 1340
    He extended his business to purchase what became known as the Playboy Mansion at 1340 North State Parkway, and opened the first Playboy Club. He also wrote several editorials exemplifying what he called “The Playboy Philosophy” and questioned the American heritage of Puritan repression. With its erotic images and interesting articles, it did not take long for ‘Playboy’ to become the largest-selling men’s magazine in the world.
  • // 9th Apr 1926
    Hugh Hefner was born on April 9, 1926, in Chicago, Illinois, to Grace and Glenn Hefner as the elder of their two sons. His parents, both teachers, were strict Methodists with deep Midwestern roots.
  • // 1946
    He served in the U.S. Army for two years toward the end of World War II, and was discharged in 1946. He used to write for a military newspaper.
  • // 1949
    After the war he studied at the Chicago Art Institute before enrolling at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign from where he graduated in 1949 with a B.A. in psychology with a double minor in creative writing and art.
  • // 1949
    Bright and ambitious, he worked as an assistant personnel manager for the Chicago Carton Company 1949, and as an advertising copywriter for the Carson Pirie Scott department store before landing a job as a promotion copywriter with the magazine ‘Esquire’ which was a publication for men that featured articles on topics such as men’s fashion and also illustrations from pinup artists such as George Petty and Alberto Vargas.
  • // 1949 To 1959
    Hugh Hefner’s first marriage was to Mildred Williams in 1949 which produced two children, a daughter, Christie, and a son, David. The couple divorced in 1959.
  • // Dec 1949 To Dec 1953
    The first issue of the magazine was published in December 1953. It featured a nude image of the famous sex symbol Marilyn Monroe from a 1949 calendar shoot. The magazine was an instant success and sold over 50,000 copies.
  • // 1952
    He worked there till 1952 and left after being denied a $5 raise. Determined to start his own publication, he mortgaged his furniture and generated funds from investors, and finally launched the magazine ‘Playboy’.
  • // 1959 To 1969
    During the 1960s Hefner hosted two short-run television series, ‘Playboy's Penthouse’ (1959–60) and ‘Playboy After Dark’ (1969–70).
  • // 1978
    Hugh Hefner is actively involved with several philanthropic causes. He helped organize fund-raising efforts that led to the restoration of the Hollywood Sign in 1978 and personally contributed $27,000.
  • // 1998
    He was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors in 1998.
  • // 2002
    He was presented with the Henry Johnson Fisher Award, the highest honor of the Magazine Publishers of America in 2002.
  • // 2010
    He is also an animal lover and has organized fundraiser events for Much Love Animal Rescue as well as Generation Rescue. In addition, he donated $900,000 to a conservation group for a land purchase needed to stop the development of the famed vista of the Hollywood Sign in 2010.
  • // 2010
    Dr. Lois Lee, founder and president of the Children of the Night, presented Hefner with the organization's first-ever Founder's Hero of the Heart Award in 2010 in appreciation for his unwavering dedication, commitment and generosity.
  • // 31st Dec 2012
    He married model Crystal Harris on December 31, 2012; Hefner was 86 and Harris 26 at the time of their much publicized wedding.
  • // 27th Sep 2017
    Hugh Hefner died of natural causes at his home, the Playboy Mansion, on 27 September 2017

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Hugh Hefner's FAQ

  • What is Hugh Hefner birthday?

    Hugh Hefner was born at 1926-04-09

  • When was Hugh Hefner died?

    Hugh Hefner was died at 2017-09-27

  • Where was Hugh Hefner died?

    Hugh Hefner was died in Playboy Mansion, Los Angeles

  • Which age was Hugh Hefner died?

    Hugh Hefner was died at age 91

  • Where is Hugh Hefner's birth place?

    Hugh Hefner was born in Chicago

  • What is Hugh Hefner nationalities?

    Hugh Hefner's nationalities is American

  • Who is Hugh Hefner spouses?

    Hugh Hefner's spouses is Barbi Benton, Holly Madison, Kimberley Conrad

  • Who is Hugh Hefner siblings?

    Hugh Hefner's siblings is Keith Hefner

  • Who is Hugh Hefner childrens?

    Hugh Hefner's childrens is Christie Hefner

  • What was Hugh Hefner universities?

    Hugh Hefner studied at Northwestern University,University Of Illinois, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, Steinmetz College Prep

  • What was Hugh Hefner notable alumnis?

    Hugh Hefner's notable alumnis is Northwestern University, University Of Illinois

  • Which company or organization was founded by Hugh Hefner?

    Hugh Hefner was the founder/co-founder of Playboy Enterprises, Playboy Club

  • What is Hugh Hefner's religion?

    Hugh Hefner's religion is Atheism

  • How tall is Hugh Hefner?

    Hugh Hefner's height is 175

  • Who is Hugh Hefner's father?

    Hugh Hefner's father is Glenn Lucius Hefner

  • Who is Hugh Hefner's mother?

    Hugh Hefner's mother is Grace Caroline Hefner

  • What is Hugh Hefner's sun sign?

    Hugh Hefner is Aries

  • How famous is Hugh Hefner?

    Hugh Hefner is famouse as Founder of Playboy Magazine