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 which provoked charges of obscenity. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hugh Hefner has received more than 18,472,391 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Hugh Hefner is the 25th most popular businessperson (up from 32nd in 2019), the 269th most popular biography from United States (up from 332nd in 2019) and the 9th 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."

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Among businesspeople, Hugh Hefner ranks 25 out of 604Before him are Adolf Dassler, Cosimo de' Medici, Amancio Ortega, Ludwig Erhard, Colonel Sanders, and Andrew Carnegie. After him are Tim Cook, Jules Rimet, J. P. Morgan, J. Paul Getty, Florentino Pérez, and P. T. Barnum.

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Among people born in 1926, Hugh Hefner ranks 16Before him are Sathya Sai Baba, Dario Fo, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Miles Davis, René Goscinny, and Klaus Kinski. After him are Andrzej Wajda, Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, Jerry Lewis, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Paul Bocuse, and Prince Claus of the Netherlands. Among people deceased in 2017, Hugh Hefner ranks 11Before him are Gene Cernan, Chuck Berry, Zygmunt Bauman, Stanislav Petrov, Salvatore Riina, and Michael I of Romania. After him are Jeanne Moreau, Jalal Talabani, Jerry Lewis, John Hurt, Manuel Noriega, and Raymond Kopa.

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Among people born in United States, Hugh Hefner ranks 269 out of 15,968Before him are Charles Francis Richter (1900), O. J. Simpson (1947), Desmond Doss (1919), Shirley Temple (1928), Michael Jordan (1963), and Diane Keaton (1946). After him are Philip Kotler (1931), Leonardo DiCaprio (1974), Bette Davis (1908), Gwyneth Paltrow (1972), Paul Walker (1973), and B.B. King (1925).

Among BUSINESSPEOPLE In United States

Among businesspeople born in United States, Hugh Hefner ranks 9Before him are Warren Buffett (1930), John D. Rockefeller (1839), David Rockefeller (1915), Vince McMahon (1945), Ray Kroc (1902), and Colonel Sanders (1890). After him are Tim Cook (1960), J. P. Morgan (1837), J. Paul Getty (1892), P. T. Barnum (1810), Steve Ballmer (1956), and Robert Kardashian (1944).

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