The world lost a true original. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner passed away from natural causes at the age of 91. While he was known as a pioneer of sexual expression for most of his life, he actually got a late start. He was raised Methodist and didn't lose his virginity until he was 22.
Hefner was a certified genius with a measured IQ of 152. He was never a good student, however. He was too restless. He also quit as a copywriter for Esquire in 1952 when they refused to give him a five dollar an hour raise.
Shortly after, he took out a loan of $600 and borrowed $8,000 from his mother in order to start Playboy. The first issue was printed in December of 1953. It didn't have a date on it, because he wasn't sure if there would be a second issue.
Everything obviously worked out for him, so much so he was able to purchase the legendary Playboy Mansion. It's one of the only private residences in America with a zoo license, as it houses three types of monkeys and over 100 types of birds. It's also the only house in all of Los Angeles county to have a fireworks permit.
The mansion also has 12 full-time chefs. William Bloxsom-Carter is the executive chef in charge of the $1.2 million a year operation. Guests and girlfriends could order literally anything at any time, and it would be made from scratch.
Hef didn't own the famous mansion in his later years. It is now owned by Playboy Enterprises. Hefner rented out living space for himself and his girlfriends at a cost ranging from $700,000 to $1.4 million a year.
Hugh Hefner decided where he wanted to be laid to rest back in 1992. He was a big fan of Marilyn Monroe, so he bought the crypt next to hers. He paid $75,000 for it, which when adjusted for inflation would be worth nearly $130,000 today.
Hugh Hefner was well-known to have several girlfriends at a time. Each lived with him and was given a $1,000 a week allowance, as they weren't allowed to hold any other job besides working for Playboy. They also all had a strict curfew of 9 P.M.
Hefner was celebrated as a champion of civil rights. He was given an NAACP award for a documentary that chronicled some of his exploits. He broke down the race barrier in his clubs, making entry open to anyone of any background or sexual orientation. He was a great help in launching the career of Sammy Davis Jr. and other African American entertainers.
Hefner had four children over two marriages. He had three sons and one daughter, Christie Hefner. He actually made her president of Playboy Enterprises in 1982 when she was only 30 years old. In 1988 she became CEO and Chairman of the Board, where she remained until stepping down in 2009.
At the time of his death, Hefner was reported to be worth $43 million. It's unsure who will inherit his massive fortune. One more fascinating fact: He was married at the time of his death to 31 year-old Crystal Harris, but she won't be receiving much of it. She signed an ironclad prenup before saying, "I do." However, it's said she'll be looked after.