Name: Hugh Marston Hefner
Born: 9 April 1926
Occupation: Magazine publisher and playboy
Hugh was the oldest of two sons and grew up in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from high school and enlisted in the U.S. Army and served from 1944-1946. In 1949 he married Mildred Williams and they had a daughter and a son. He had been working for Esquire magazine and after being denied a raise he decided to venture out on his own. He got 45 investors to help him with his vision, one being his mother. Although she didn’t like his idea she was determined to help her son in any way she could.
The first issue of Playboy was released in 1953 and featured nude photos of Marilyn Monroe. In 1963 Hugh was arrested in relation to publishing nude pictures of Jane Mansfield in what what was deemed obscene literature. The jury was never able to return a verdict and Hugh kept on. As the magazine caught on, Hugh rose to prominence.
Hugh has been known as quite the player as he tends to have more than one beautiful girlfriend at a time. In 2005 the reality show The Girls Next Door began filming at the famed Playboy mansion and followed Hugh and his three girlfriends, Holly Madison, Bridget Marquardt and Kendra Wilkinson, at the time. The show lasted until 2009. In addition to his first wife he was married to Kimberly Conrad from 1989-2010. They have two sons together.
From all of Hugh’s many adventures in publishing and television over the years, we estimate his net worth to be $43,000,000 (27,000,000 GBP).
So how much is $43 million dollars really?
With Hugh’s love of women we can only imagine how much money he spends lavishing gifts on them. Since diamonds are a girl’s best friend, he could buy the 110 carat Stern’s Venus Necklace for only $3.17 million. He could impress 13 ladies with one and still have some spending cash for dinner. Or he could buy 2.2 million lap dances. If each lap dance lasts for 60 seconds, that would be 1,500 days of continuous lap dancing.
If Hugh ever decides to settle down again, he may want to splurge on his new bride with a one of a kind Garrard’s Heart of the Kingdom Ruby necklace, the most expensive in the world, for only $14 million. Since this necklace can also be worn as a tiara, he could afford to buy two for a matching set, and have plenty of money left over to wine and dine his lady… Until the next one comes along.