Christie Hefner became head of Playboy Enterprises in 1988.
Hefner was a longtime supporter of causes including First Amendment rights; he donated money toward the restoration of the Hollywood sign and to USC’s film school, and at times supported the Democratic Party.
After 40 years as a publicly traded company, Hefner took Playboy private in 2011.
Playboy Entertainment has owned cable Playboy TV cable channels around the world and has an active Playboy online division.
Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner died on Wednesday at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of West Los Angeles. The media mogul’s influence went far beyond publishing — he created the sexual revolution nearly single-handedly (with some help from the advent of the birth control pill and the rise of feminism).
After starting the status quo-shattering Playboy magazine in 1953, Hefner went on to launch TV and film companies, finance documentaries, and preside over the Hollywood social scene from his bubbling Jacuzzi at the mansion, a frequent location for industry events.
Among the Playmates with whom he was involved were Shannon Tweed and Carrie Leigh, who filed a palimony suit against him.
Eventually his reputation dimmed a bit as the octogenarian continued to prop up his hard-partying image amid a revived feminist movement.
When Hugh Hefner died in the Playboy Mansion Wednesday, the legendary magazine founder had a surprisingly low net worth, with little to his name besides that roof over his head.As fans mourned the loss of the 91-year-old cultural icon while others were critical of his exploits, speculation began almost immediately over who would inherit the magnate’s remaining fortune, with several publications estimating Hefner’s net worth at upwards of million.A thorough review of financial records and agreements, however, reveals a less glamorous truth: Hugh Hefner was worth relatively little at his death, has found.The empire at various times also included the Playboy Jazz Festival, involvement in “The Playboy Club” TV series, a record company, resorts, and merchandising operation Playboy Licensing, which put the ubiquitous bunny logo on everything from golf clubs to Troll dolls.
The documentary “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel” came out in 2010.The eternal bon vivant personified the playboy image, dating many women, such as Barbi Benton, who appeared in his magazine and marrying Playmate Kimberley Conrad in 1989 when in his 60s (they had two sons, Marston and Cooper).