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Thursday, 28 September 2017

Playboy Founder Dies At The Age Of 91

Playboy legendary, ladies' man and founder Hugh Hefner has died at the age of 91. Hefner began running his own Playboy magazine while he was working as a copy editor and the following year he secured enough funding to launch Playboy at Esquire in 1952.

The magazine went on to become a multibillion-dollar empire-including TV series, Websites, DVDs and endless licensed merchandise and one of the most recognizable brands in the world. In the 1960s, Hefner became popular as the face of the company for his smoking jacket, his pipe and a bevy of beautiful women surrounded him. In 1963, he was arrested and charged with selling obscure literature after publishing nude photos of actress Jayne Mansfield. Hefner's jury was unable to reach a verdict, but the experience led to launching the Playboy foundation.

In 1985, the Playboy founder suffered a minor stroke few days to his 59th birthday. He handed over his empire to daughter Christie who had been managing Playboy enterprise since 1982 as the chairman of the board and president in 1988. During his 12 years separation from Conrad, Hefner had relationships with many young models featured in his magazine including the Bentley twin sisters, Sandy and Mandy and even dated seven other women at once.

His reality TV series "The Girls' Next Door" in 2008 featured Playboy playmates Holly Madison, Bridget Marguardt and Kendra Wilkinson, all these three ladies decided to leave Hefner and the Playboy mansion, prompting Hefner to start dating Crystal Harris who is 60 years younger with 20-year-old twins Kristina and Kansas Shannon.

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