Hugh Hefner surrounded by Playboy models

3 fun facts about Playboy King and activist Hugh Hefner

In commemoration of the third anniversary of his death on September 27, 2017, we investigated a little more about his life and discovered stories only few people know but that we are going to tell you because they are incredible. Scroll down to find out!

  • From the age of 27 when he founded the magazine until his death at 91, he transformed an idea into an empire.
  • The FBI and the DEA investigated him as due to his ideas and publications.
  • He died with a net worth of $50 million, but with a much larger legacy.
Hugh showing his first magazine's photos

1. His initial investment was $600. The first issue of his magazine featured actress Marilyn Monroe on its cover and went on sale in 1953.

The first Playboy cover featuring Marilyn Monroe. Source: AFP

It sold out in a few moments as it featured something very unusual for the time: women wearing almost nothing, civil rights, racism and abortion articles.

Hugh in one of his clubs surrounded by Playboy "bunnies"

2. The guru of intimate relationships. He was described as the most important warrior in the "conservative revolution". He incorporated the 'au naturel'  photos and the taboo of intimate relationships as something natural.

The playboy DC-9 jetliner airplane. Source: AP Photo/George Brich

Caused such an uproar that authorities investigated him for "obscene" posts.

3. Party boy. After the magazine, he became a millionaire with nightclubs where the waitresses (between 18 and 22 years old) were dressed as playboy bunnies.

His legacy continued until his death

His famous parties at his mansions in Chicago and  Los Angeles made him a myth. The craziest of all? He bought a private jet with a nightclub inside where he hosted parties in the air.

Probably, he wouldn't be able to accomplish what he did in 2020 without trials for misconduct, underage involvement and other charges. But he wasn't born in 2020.

He was born in 1926, in a different time, and manage to establish a new "normal" not only for the United States, but for the world. And that is something few people in the world can say they achieved. Thank you, Hef!

Bruno Wahrmann Lockhart

Digital Media Expert. Journalist. Former TV host. University of San Diego Alumni. 6′ 4″ but my mom still calls me 'tiny'+ info

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