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20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Hugh Hefner

Hugh Marston Hefner, famous American businessman, magazine publisher and playboy, passed away at his home, the Playboy Mansion, in the Holmby Hills area of Los Angeles, on September 27 at the age of 91 of natural causes. Hefner was born in 1926.

He was the editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine and the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, the publishing group that operates the magazine. Here are 20 facts you need to know about Hefner:

  1. Hefner married his 1st wife, Mildred Williams, in 1949. She was his college sweetheart and 1st sexual experience. Williams was engaged in an affair during his time in the Army. Hefner described that as the most devastation moment in his life. They divorced in 1959. Hefner and Williams had 2 children together, Christie Hefner and David Hefner.
  2. In 1988, Hefner named his oldest daughter, Christie Hefner, as CEO and chairperson of Playboy Enterprises, Inc. She served as CEO and chairperson from 1988 – 2008.
  3. After Hefner had served in the Army, attended college and worked for several years in the magazine publishing industry, he became sure that there was a market for an upscale men’s magazine. He put up his furniture as collateral for a loan and borrowed the rest from family and friends.
  4. Hefner published Playboy’s very 1st issue at his kitchen table in Chicago in December of 1953.
  5. The 1st message on the magazine announced: “We don’t expect to solve any world problems or prove any great moral truths.”
  6. Playboy magazine was an instant sensation. There was no date on the cover in case there wasn’t a 2nd
  7. Playboy magazine is now published in more than 20 countries.
  8. Playboy was the 1st adult magazine to be produced in braille.
  9. In 1989, he married his 2nd wife, Kimberley Conrad. They divorced in 2010. The couple had 2 children, Cooper Hefner and Marston Hefner.
  10. Hefner married again, in 2012, to Crystal Harris.
  11. Hefner was compared to Jay Gatsby, Citizen Kane, and Walt Disney, but he was his own production.
  12. In the fall of 2015, it was announced that Playboy, starting in March 2016, won’t include full frontal nudity anymore. Curve of a backside, yes. Bare breasts, no.
  13. In 2016, Hefner handed over creative control of Playboy to his son Cooper Hefner.
  14. In 2010, he donated the final $900.000 needed to preserve 138 acres behind the Hollywood sign on Mount Lee.
  15. Hefner holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-serving Editor-in-Chief of a magazine.
  16. He was against drugs. He banned them from the house and fired any girl who used them.
  17. The Playboy Mansion is among the few private residences in the US to have a zoo license.
  18. Hefner is the 9th cousin to President George Bush.
  19. He personally interviewed every single “Girl of the Month.”
  20. In summer 2016, Hefner sold his Playboy Mansion. Hostess Brands heir Daren Metropoulos bought the Holmby Hills estate for $100 million and agreed to the stipulation that Hefner could live there for the rest of his life.

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