Hugh Hefner

1926 - 2017

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Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and articles. Hefner extended the Playboy brand into a world network of Playboy Clubs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hugh Hefner has received more than 23,268,859 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Hugh Hefner is the 42nd most popular businessperson (down from 33rd in 2019), the 429th most popular biography from United States (down from 361st in 2019) and the 16th most popular American Businessperson.

Hugh Hefner is most famous for founding the Playboy Magazine, which he used to promote his idea of the "Playboy lifestyle."

Memorability Metrics

  • 23M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 67.69

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 67

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.41

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 5.51

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Hugh Hefners by language

Over the past year Hugh Hefner has had the most page views in the with 1,750,988 views, followed by Spanish (196,633), and German (134,904). In terms of yearly growth of page views the top 3 wikpedia editions are Lithuanian (224.54%), Waray (146.65%), and Wu Chinese (111.86%)


Among businesspeople, Hugh Hefner ranks 42 out of 847Before him are João Havelange, Guccio Gucci, Mohamed Al-Fayed, Andrew Carnegie, Soichiro Honda, and Joan Gamper. After him are Ettore Bugatti, J. Paul Getty, Bernie Madoff, Rupert Murdoch, Boris Berezovsky, and Gustav Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach.

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Among people born in 1926, Hugh Hefner ranks 22Before him are Chuck Berry, Miles Davis, Jerry Lewis, Ben Roy Mottelson, Nuon Chea, and Yusuf al-Qaradawi. After him are Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Paul Bocuse, Thích Nhất Hạnh, Donald A. Glaser, and Ivan Illich. Among people deceased in 2017, Hugh Hefner ranks 21Before him are Liliane Bettencourt, Jerry Lewis, Jeanne Moreau, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Mireille Darc, and John Hurt. After him are Manuel Noriega, Johnny Hallyday, Slobodan Praljak, Simone Veil, Glen Campbell, and Nicolaas Bloembergen.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Hugh Hefner ranks 429 out of 20,380Before him are Jessica Lange (1949), Peter Fonda (1940), John R. Bolton (1948), George Clooney (1961), Ed Harris (1950), and Shirley MacLaine (1934). After him are Stephen Hillenburg (1961), Millard Fillmore (1800), Lewis H. Morgan (1818), Susan Sontag (1933), Howard Gardner (1943), and The Notorious B.I.G. (1972).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Hugh Hefner ranks 16Before him are David Rockefeller (1915), Steve Ballmer (1956), Colonel Sanders (1890), P. T. Barnum (1810), J. P. Morgan (1837), and Philip Kotler (1931). After him are J. Paul Getty (1892), Bernie Madoff (1938), Robert Kiyosaki (1947), Ray Kroc (1902), Martin Cooper (1928), and Ronald Wayne (1934).