Meet Christie Hefner, the daughter of Playboy giant Hugh Hefner and former leader of Playboy Enterprises. See her biography, photos and video here.
Christie Hefner stepped down today as head of Playboy Enterprises. She stated that the election of Barack Obama has inspired her to focus her time on her charity work. The change in leadership comes at a bad time for Playboy, who recently cut 80 jobs after a $5.2 million loss in the third quarter of 2008. The resignation will be effective January 31, 2009.
As a biography, Christie Hefner was born in Chicago on November 8, 1952, so her age is 56. She graduated from Brandeis University as a Phi Beta Kappa. She is the daughter of Hugh Hefner and Mildred Williams. Prior to joining Playboy, she worked as a journalist. In addition to her work at the family business, she is a contributing blogger at the Huffington Post.
Christie began working at Playboy in 1975. In 1988, she took over as chief executive officer and the company took off. She led the company into uncharted territory and expanded sales. In 1994, she took Playboy to the internet, making it the first national selling magazine to do so. She has also expanded the company overseas. When the magazine begins selling in Lithuania and Italy, that will make 25 countries in which the magazine appears. Of her departure, Hugh said,
“As a result of her efforts, the company today has more consumers and fans than at any time in our history. I believe that she will go on to achieve even greater personal success.”
In 2005 and 2006, Christie was named one of Forbes’ 100 most powerful women, coming in at number 90.
Christie is involved in a variety of charitable works. She created the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award, honoring her father. She also helped raise $30 million to build the CORE Center in Chicago, which is the first outpatient facility for people living with AIDS in the Midwest.
Christie is married to a former senator from Illinois, William Marovitz. He is also a real estate developer and an attorney.
See more photos of Christie Hefner, a video, and a book below.
Christie Hefner Video
Read a book on Christie Hefner here.