How much is Hugh Hefner worth?
|Net Worth:||$110 Million
|Profession:||Entrepreneur & Publisher|
|Date of Birth:||April 9, 1926|
|Country:||United States of America|
About Hugh Hefner
When he released the first issue of Playboy in 1953, he revolutionized the look of men’s magazines. He has since emerged as the most well-known playboy worldwide. He was always dressed in a robe and slippers, but when you’re Hugh Hefner, anything goes as long as it looks good.
Due to his unrestricted access to hundreds of bombshell centerfolds, this silver fox was still the envy of every male on the planet even when he was in his 80s. Nothing could deter the youthful at heart Hefner till his latter days because he had three engagements (to women as young as his granddaughter) under his belt.
Hugh and his younger brother Keith, who was also born in the Windy City, were nurtured by their traditional Methodist parents. Hugh started a school newspaper in high school, demonstrating his media savvy and ambition early on. He carried this talent with him when he served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a writer for a military publication. After receiving his release in 1946, he enrolled in the Chicago Art Institute before transferring to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue a psychology degree. He was freed two years after that. Before he received his degree in 1950, he met Mildred Williams there, who would later become his first wife.
Hugh got his first work as a copywriter at Esquire magazine in Chicago after completing his B.A. Hugh was resolved to launch his own magazine, a men’s journal with the same qualities as Esquire but carried out in a different, superior manner, after spending three years there and understanding firsthand how a magazine operates behind the scenes.
Hefner started organizing fundraisers for his soon-to-be-published book, and he even received a $1,000 gift from his mother, who was confident that whatever concept her son had would be realized.
Copyright concerns prevented Hugh from naming his new magazine Stag Party as he had originally intended, but at a friend’s suggestion, he chose the moniker Playboy.
The historic first issue of Playboy, featuring a nude Marilyn Monroe as the cover image, was released in December 1953.
The magazine sold 50,000 copies, and everyone was wondering when the second issue would be available, so it seems like Hugh’s mother had the perfect idea when she invested in her son’s publication without having seen it before.
Hugh took the audacious choice to publish the scandalous photos despite widespread criticism of the magazine’s use of sexual images, contrasting them with perceptive and insightful articles—much like the cartoonish yet chic Playboy bunny emblem. Playboy had millions of copies circulated six years after its launch, but Hugh’s marriage did not have the same success. Despite having two children by this time, Christie and David, Hugh and Mildred divorced in the same year.
Hugh was chosen as the magazine’s sexy and sophisticated playboy, dressed in a scarlet smoking jacket and surrounded by stunning women. He had been responsible for putting the 1960s sexual revolution into words and images through his periodical. With the creation of Playboy’s Penthouse and Playboy After Dark, which included a chat show format featuring Hugh and his plethora of playmates, Hugh moved on to turn the magazine’s pages into a television show. Hugh’s life was starting to go out of control when he started using his “Big Bunny” private plane to fly all over the globe and between his residences in Chicago and Los Angeles.
However, the publication was unable to escape the global environment when the 1970s brought about a national recession and Playboy’s readership fell.
Playboy started altering their centerfolds and pictorials to a more risqué and provocative level in order to stay up with rival publications like Penthouse and Hustler, departing from the girl next door image Hugh had first envisioned.
Hef’s fast-paced lifestyle finally caught up with him in 1985 when he had a stroke, forcing him to reconsider his way of life—no more crazy parties and impromptu liaisons. Hugh wed his longterm girlfriend Kimberly Conrad instead in 1989. Marston and Cooper were born into the playboy mansion, and the couple was married for nine years before the everlasting bachelor went back to being single in 1998.
Hugh didn’t remain down for very long, either, because the same year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Society of Magazine Editors. But when he joined the reality series The Girls Next Door in 2003, Hugh received a brand-new kind of intense exposure, not unlike his centerfolds. Hugh’s most recent girlfriend, Crystal Harris, met him thanks to the show, which followed the lives of his girlfriends at the house.
Hef, who was 84 at the time, believed it was time to rekindle his marriage when he asked the blonde beauty, 24, to marry him in December 2010.
“We’re not interested in splitting hairs, pubic or otherwise, to see ‘how far we can go’ without stepping over the line of legal obscenity. “