General Overview

Hugh M. Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1926. This revolutionary gentleman brought light to controversial topics such as sexuality and freedom of speech through his publication of world-renowned men’s mag, Playboy.

Hugh M. Hefner was propelled to fame when he spent $500 on an image of Marilyn Munroe to use as the cover for his first issue of Playboy, December 1953. Despite all speculation, Playboy was soon on the rise and quickly started to make a turnover that far surpassed the million dollar mark.

As Editor-in-Chief for Playboy, Hugh. M Hefner was able to give the public a taste of his personality and pioneering views on sexuality. Regardless of the controversial outlook which Playboy portrayed, it attracted celebrities and people quickly became enthralled by the luxury lifestyle which Hugh had so eagerly represented.

After 17 years of success, Hefner took a bold step and decided to purchase the infamous Playboy Mansion, West California. Hefner would stay here and continue to work as editor-in-chief for Playboy until his recent death at the age of 91 on September 27, 2017, where, in perfect Hefner fashion, he was buried next to Marilyn Munroe.

Prior to his death, announcements were made that the Playboy Mansion, Hefner’s home, had been sold for a whopping total of £100 million to a neighbour of his during the summer of 2017. This purchase came with the agreement that Hefner and his loyal wife would be able to reside there until his eventual death.

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Hugh M. Hefner’s Life Story:

  • A Modest Background
  • The Origins of ‘Playboy’
  • A Global Voice: Becoming an Authority
  • An Era of Prosperity
  • The United States Recession
  • Third Marriage
  • Death

Hugh’s Contributions, Projects & Accomplishments:

  • Philanthropy
  • Awards
  • Projects
    • The Girls Next Door


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