Who is David Hefner?
David Hefner was born on 30 August 1955, in Palo Alto, California, USA, and is a businessman, but better known for being the son of Hugh Hefner, the founder of “Playboy” magazine. His father built one of the most recognized international publications, which later became a much larger corporation spanning various media platforms.
The Riches of David Hefner
David Hefner has a net worth estimated to be over $500,000, thanks largely to his success in business; he owns his firm which is focused on computer consulting.
He also probably benefitted from the success of his father, possibly when he was alive and on his passing, as Hugh had a net worth estimated to be over $110 million.
Life and Career
David is the son of Hugh Hefner from his marriage to Mildred Williams, and grew up with an older sister. The marriage was marred with infidelity by both parties, as Mildred allowed Hefner to do what he wanted, as she had apparently cheated on him first. The two were divorced after a decade together, and David later had two half-siblings from his father’s marriage to Kimberly Conrad.
Unlike his other siblings, he did not pursue his father’s empire, and instead became a self-established businessman. He created his computer consulting firm, and mainly stayed in the background.
He also dabbled in film production, becoming involved in the creation of the independent film “Forgotten Pills”, which he wrote and directed and starred Christina Murphy and Shane Callahan, released as a part of the Dances With Films festival in Los Angeles.
He then worked on another film entitled “Washed”, which didn’t have the same success as his first endeavor. He’s since focused his efforts back towards consulting.
Father – Hugh Hefner
Hugh attended Steinmetz High School, and after matriculating, served in the US Army as a military newspaper writer from 1944 to ‘46. He then continued his studies by enrolling at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, completing a degree in psychology with minors in art and creative writing. He then started graduate courses in Sociology, but dropped out after a semester.
His first job came as a copywriter for the magazine “Esquire”, but after he was denied a raise, he left his job to start own his magazine. He took a loan of $600, and $8000 from investors to launch “Playboy”. The magazine’s first issue featured Marilyn Monroe during her nude calendar shoot four years prior, and it sold extremely well. He then collaborated with Charles Beaumont who was also rejected by Esquire and published his writings in “Playboy”, and also invited Dick Gregory to work for him, essentially launching his career.
"I want to live in a society in which people can voice unpopular opinions, because I know that, as a result of that, a society grows and matures."
-Hugh M. Hefner pic.twitter.com/RgzgsQcf3G
— Hugh M. Hefner (@hughhefner) October 5, 2019
The magazine continued to grow over the years, earning him huge wealth. He became known for his lifestyle, which included partying and relationships with many of “Playboys” models, known as Playmates. In 1959, he hosted “Playboy’s Penthouse” and later hosted “Playboy After Dark”.
Hugh Hefner’s Success and Latter Career
Hefner’s magazine grew into a much larger entity, and he became the chief creative officer of what would become Playboy Enterprises. During the civil rights movement of the 1960s, he established private clubs that featured more racially diverse clientele.
During the latter part of his career, he became involved in other popular media projects. He made a guest voicing contribution to an episode of “The Simpsons”, and helped fund the documentary entitled “Discovering the It Girl”. He also made a guest appearance in “Sex and the City”, “Entourage”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”.
In 2006, he made an appearance in an episode of “Robot Chicken”, and also voiced himself in “Family Guy”. Thanks to his appearances on films and television, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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Hef passed away on September 27, 2017. On the 2nd anniversary of his death, we remember his love of life, his infectious laugh, and his lifelong fight against injustice. We celebrate him as a true visionary, an activist, adventurer, original gamer, animal lover, and all-time coolest pajama wearer. We miss you, Hef.
In 2010, a documentary was made about him called “Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist, and Rebel”. He also worked with producer Kevin Burns on the project called “Hugh Hefner: American Playboy”, and “The Girls Next Door”.
In 2012, he announced that his son Cooper would succeed him at “Playboy”. He passed away in 2017 due to sepsis caused by an E. coli infection.
David Hefner’s romantic life remains undisclosed – there are no details regarding any partners. He remains very close to his family, particularly his sister Christie, but for most of his life, he tried to stay away from the spotlight his father created thanks to his lifestyle and the image that “Playboy” gave out to the public.
Despite that, he remained supportive of Hugh. especially during his health struggles in the later stages of his life.
His father was interred in a crypt beside where Marilyn Monroe was buried – he bought the crypt in memory of the person which helped elevate his career when he was just starting. According to him, the opportunity to buy the crypt was hard to pass up.