Hugh Hefner Age, Wife, Death Cause, Family, Biography, Facts, Net Worth & More

Hugh Hefner

Full NameHugh Marston Hefner
NicknameHef, Puffin
ProfessionMagazine Publisher
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)in centimeters- 168 cm
in meters- 1.68 m
in feet inches- 5’ 6”
Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 70 kg
in pounds- 154 lbs
Eye ColourDark Brown
Hair ColourWhite
Personal Life
Date of Birth9 April 1926
Birth PlaceChicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death27 September 2017
Place of DeathPlayboy Mansion, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, near Beverly Hills, USA
Age (at the time of death)91 Years
Death CauseNatural
Zodiac sign/Sun signAries
SignatureHugh Hefner signature
HometownNebraska, USA
SchoolSteinmetz College Prep, Montclare, Chicago, Illinois
CollegeUniversity of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, Illinois
Educational QualificationBachelor of Arts in Psychology and a double minor in Creative Writing
FamilyFather- Late Glenn Lucius Hefner (Teacher)
Mother- Late Grace Caroline Hefner (Teacher)
Brother- Late Keith Hefner
Sister- N/A
Hugh Hefner with his parents and brother
AddressPlayboy Mansion, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, near Beverly Hills, USA
Hugh Hefner - Playboy Mansion
HobbiesListening to jazz, watching films
Controversies• In 1963, he was arrested and went through a trial for selling 'obscene literature' after an issue of Playboy featured nude pictures of Jayne Mansfield.
• In 2015, his Ex-girlfriend published a book called 'Holly Madison - Down the Rabbit Hole', in which she mentioned about the scandalous secrets of the Playboy Mansion.
Holly Madison - Down the Rabbit Hole
Favourite Things
Favourite FoodLamb chops, Piles of mashed potatoes with poached egg
Favourite BeveragePepsi
Favourite ActressMarilyn Monroe
Favourite ComedianDick Gregory
Favourite FilmCasablanca
Girls, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Affairs/GirlfriendsBarbi Benton
Hugh Hefner and Barbi Benton
Brande Roderick
Hugh Hefner and Brande Roderick
Holly Madison
Hugh Hefner and Holly Madison
Bridget Marquardt
Hugh Hefner and Bridget Marquardt
Kendra Wilkinson
Hugh Hefner and Kendra Wilkinson
Mildred Williams
Kimberley Conrad
Crystal Harris
Wife/SpouseMildred Williams (m. 1949 - div. 1959)
Hugh Hefner and Mildred Williams
Kimberley Conrad (m. 1989 - div. 2010)
Hugh Hefner and Kimberley Conrad
Crystal Harris (m. 2012 - till his death in 2017)
Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris
ChildrenSons- Cooper Hefner, Marston Hefner, David Hefner
Hugh Hefner with his sons (left to right) - Marston and Cooper, and David
Daughter- Christie Hefner
Hugh Hefner with his daughter Christie Hefner
Style Quotient
JetThe Big Bunny (DC-30 jet)
Hugh Hefner - The Big Bunny
Cars CollectionCadillac Series 62, 1969 Mercedes Benz Model 600 Pullman Limousine, Playboy Hummer Limousine
Hugh Hefner - Cadillac Series 62
Money Factor
Net Worth $43 million

Hugh Hefner

Some Lesser Known Facts About Hugh Hefner

  • Did Hugh Hefner smoke?: No (Quit)
  • Did Hugh Hefner drink alcohol?: Yes
  • Hefner was born into a family of strict Methodists teachers, which inadvertently, developed the fanatical rebellion inside him.
  • Though he had an exceptional IQ of 152, he was an average student. Hugh Hefner childhood photo
  • He was a born publisher as at the tender age of 8, he started a school newspaper called ‘The Pepper.’
  • He was the president of his school’s student council.
  • During his schooling, he worked as a publishing staff at ‘Child Life’ magazine, and also made a comic book entitled, ‘School Daze.’ Hugh Hefner - Child Life Magazine
  • After completing his graduation, he served in the U.S. Army for 2 years, from 1944 to 1946. Hugh Hefner - U.S. Army
  • He started his career as an editor at men’s magazine Esquire, but after Esquire refused to give him a pay hike he wanted, he quit and pursued his own publication.
  • In 1953, he raised $8,000 from 45 investors—including $2,000 from his mother and brother Keith, to launch men’s adult entertainment magazine ‘Playboy’ that brought sexual revolution. Hugh Hefner - Playboy magazine
  • Playboy was originally thought to be named ‘Stag Party.’
  • He had purchased an old color photograph of Marilyn Monroe in the nude and published it in the centerfold of the Playboy magazine, and in no time its first issue sold more than 50,000 copies and became an instant hit. Hugh Hefner with Marilyn Monroe
  • From 1959 to 1961, he hosted the branded TV show, ‘Playboy’s Penthouse’ that featured many jazz-pop artists.
  • In 1978, he started the Playboy Jazz Festival, an annual event featuring some of the best jazz musicians from around the globe.
  • In 1985, he suffered a minor stroke and got partially paralyzed. The main reason behind it was director Peter Bogdanovich’s book ‘The Killing of the Unicorn: Dorothy Stratten 1960-1980’, that highlighted the life and murder of a former Playmate. He even stopped smoking after the minor stroke. The Killing of the Unicorn Dorothy Stratten 1960-1980 by Peter Bogdanovich
  • In 1988, he handed over the control of ‘Playboy Enterprises’ to his daughter Christie, by naming her the CEO.
  • He owns the crypt (buried place) next to Marilyn Monroe in the Celebrity cemetery, after paying a hefty price of $75000.
  • A breed of rabbits is named after him. Hugh Hefner - Sylvilagus palustris hefneri
  • His home library has a collection of over thousands of films embedded in his staircase. Hugh Hefner library
  • He was a lazy guy as he had all his meals in bed.
  • He became a trendsetter with his red velvet jackets and silk pajamas. He had more than 200 pairs of silk pajamas. Hugh Hefner - Velvet jacket and Pajamas
  • He donated a huge amount of money to own the rights to the “Y” alphabet in the Hollywood sign. Hugh Hefner - Hollywood sing Y
  • In 2003, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Playboy, he threw 50 parties at 50 different locations around the globe.
  • From 2005 to 2009, a reality series called ‘The Girls Next Door’ was aired on E! cable TV network that focused on the lives of Hefner and his girlfriends at the Playboy Mansion.

  • Throughout the course of his life, he has thrown around 7500 parties.
  • He holds a Guinness World Record of being the longest-serving editor-in-chief of a magazine publication, more than 60 years.
  • He was an avid pet lover. Hugh Hefner, a pet lover
  • His Playboy mansion is the only residential property in the Los Angeles area that has a zoo license. Hugh Hefner - Playboy mansion Zoo
  • If he wasn’t the founder of Playboy, he would have been a Zoo keeper.
  • He fought for ‘racial equality’ throughout his life.
  • He was an LGBT supporter.
  • Trevor Moore, Raquel Alessi, and Mark Hamill were among his famous colleagues.