• David Hefner was born in 1955 in Palo Alto, CA, as the son of Hugh Hefner, founder of “Playboy” magazine.
• He has a net worth estimated to be over $500,000.
• He created his own computer consulting firm and dabbled in film production.
• He stayed out of the spotlight and was very close to his family, particularly his sister Christie.
• His father was interred in a crypt beside Marilyn Monroe, which he purchased in memory of her.

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FactFather of Isabelle Hefner.

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.

David Hefner

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.

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.

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.

Personal Life

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.

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1Father of Isabelle Hefner.
2Grandson of Harold Winston Hefner.
3Attended South Kitsap High School in Port Orchard, Washington. (Class of 1988).
4Son of Tom Hefner and Leah Hefner.
5Loves playing video-games.
6Loves Japanese anime.
7Identical twin brother of Dan Hefner.
8He is younger than Dan Hefner by 2 minutes.



Assistant Director

Two Devils Lunch2005Short first assistant director - as David Hefner
Children of the Struggle1999second assistant director
The Landlord1998Short assistant director
Scraps1997Short assistant director
Real Violence1996Short second assistant director
Yellow Lotus1995Short second assistant director
LA Waltz1995Short assistant director
Cybernet1995TV Series assistant director - 2004-2005


Making of 'Ranchero'2012Video documentary short produced by - as David Hefner
Catch or Release?2010Video short producer - as David Hefner
The Treasure of the Sierra Nevada2009Short associate producer - as David Hefner
Two Devils Lunch2005Short producer - as David Hefner
An Occurrence at Black Canyon2004Short executive producer - as David Hefner
Cybernet1995TV Series segment producer - 2004-2005


The Treasure of the Sierra Nevada2009Short assistant production coordinator - as David Hefner
Ranchero2008/Iproduction assistant - as Dave Hefner
Mitzi & Joe1997production assistant
Good Luck1996production assistant - uncredited
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii1973TV Special documentary quality control - digitally restored version
Elvis1968TV Movie quality control - digitally restored version


The Neighbor and the Beer2011Video short
Catch or Release?2010Video short as David Hefner
The Treasure of the Sierra Nevada2009Short as David Hefner
An Occurrence at Black Canyon2004Short as David Hefner
Wasteland1992Short as Dave Hefner


The Neighbor and the Beer2011Video shortCannonballer (as David Hefner)
Rat Scratch Fever2011Co-pilot Dave (as David Hefner)
Ranchero2008/ICouple (uncredited)
An Occurrence at Black Canyon2004ShortCouple (as David Hefner)
Wasteland1992ShortBounty Hunter (as Dave Hefner)

Sound Department

Making of 'Ranchero'2012Video documentary short sound - as David Hefner
The Treasure of the Sierra Nevada2009Short foley artist - as David Hefner
A Thousand Cranes1996Short production sound
Electrotica1996Short boom operator
Pool1995Short boom operator - uncredited


Catch or Release?2010Video short story by - as David Hefner
An Occurrence at Black Canyon2004Short written by - as David Hefner
Cybernet1995TV Series 2004-2005
Wasteland1992Short written by - as Dave Hefner


Cybernet1995TV Series 2004-2005
Wasteland1992Short as Dave Hefner

Production Manager

The Landlord1998Short production manager
LA Waltz1995Short production manager


Wasteland1992Short camera

Camera Department

Making of 'Ranchero'2012Video documentary short lighting - as David Hefner

Editorial Department

Freak Talks About Sex1999assistant editor - uncredited

Transportation Department

The Treasure of the Sierra Nevada2009Short driver - as David Hefner


Senioritis2003Short special thanks - as D. Hefner
God Hates Cartoons2002Video special thanks

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected].

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