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What happened to David Hefner? Hugh Hefner’s eldest son

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David Hefner is the second child of the American magazine publisher Hugh Marston Hefner. His father was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine. Being the son of a famous father, David has also been a subject of media for a long time.

Sadly, his father is no longer in this world as Hugh passed away in 2017. How is his life at the moment? What does David do for a living now? Is the star child married or is he dating a girlfriend? In this article, we will talk about his career, relationships, net worth and other interesting details about him.

Let’s start.

David Hefner is the son of Hugh Hefner

As we mentioned, David Hefner is one of four children of the Playboy founder. He was born on August 30, 1955 to his father Hugh Marston Hefner and mother Mildred (“Millie”) Williams. In fact, he is the first son of the magazine publisher and his first wife Millie.

Born into one of the wealthiest families, Hefner had a very luxurious life. However, despite all the fame his father had, David has pretty much kept himself out of the limelight.

David Hefner has three siblings

He is not the only boy in the family. Instead, he has three other siblings, Christie Hefner, Cooper Hefner& Marston Hefner. While Christie is his biological sister, Cooper and Marston are his stepbrothers.

Both his stepbrothers were born of his father’s second marriage to Kimberley Conrad. Well, all his siblings are pretty much established and doing well in their professional lives. His youngest brother Cooper is the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprise. Moreover, he is also the founder and CEO of the startup media company Hop.

David's stepbrother Marston Hefner
David’s stepbrother Marston Hefner

Likewise, Marston is also associated with Playboy magazine and also enjoys acting. He has appeared in a few TV series and documentaries such as Hef’s Runaway Bride, America’s Book of Secrets and a few others. Unfortunately, the police arrested him in 2012 and jailed him for a year for domestic violence against his girlfriend Claire Sinclair.

His biological sister Christie is a businesswoman and activist

Christie, David Hefner’s biological sister, is a successful businesswoman. She is very actively involved in the family business and has worked at Playboy magazine for over 30 years. Moreover, she was also CEO of Playboy for about 20 years.

David Hefner's father Hugh and sister Christie Hefner in 2008
David Hefner’s father Hugh and sister Christie Hefner in 2008

She reportedly started working for the magazine in 1975 and was named president of Playboy Enterprises in 1982 and finally CEO in 1988.

Moreover, she is also a philanthropist and raised $30 million for CORE Chicago. Well, with all her philanthropic and business endeavors, she has also been named a number of times in Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women.

What does David Hefner do for a living? His career in detail and college

Unlike his sister and stepbrothers, David does not like the family business. On the contrary, the star child has paved his own path and has his own business. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1999 and received a bachelor of arts degree in film and digital media in 2003.

After graduating from college, Hugh Hefner’s son David began working as a freelance assistant editor/editor in October 2005 in Los Angeles, California. He later served as an editor for a number of talk shows at Associated Television. Furthermore, David worked for many feature film productions such as Past, Robosapien restartedand Shut up and shoot.

In the year 2007, Hefner joined Smoking Cat Films, in Los Angeles as a writer and director. While with Smoking Cat, David wrote and directed his first feature film ‘Forgotten Pills’. It also won the grand jury prize for best feature film at the Dances with Films 2010 festival.

Furthermore, Hefner also worked as a writer, director and editor for the feature film ‘Washed’.

From 2011 to 2016, the popular star kid signed a contract with AOL Studious as an editor and worked on digital and VR content. At that time he also collaborated with some affiliate sites The List, Translogic, Hardwired and Makers.

Hugh Hefner’s son David is now a video editor at STAGE3 AGENCY

In addition to a broad and extensive experience in video editing, David is now a video editor at STAGE3 AGENCY, a digital content agency creating engaging brand-to-customer experiences in Los Angeles. He has been with the company since June 2021.

Prior to STAGE, Hefner was an editor at Oath, where he worked from October 2016 to October 2017. He then returned to his freelance journey and worked as a freelance editor for Netflix’s in-house productions. He worked for the hit mobile video game Hay Day and Hearst Television.

According to the Washington Post article, published in 1983, Hefner was previously a photographer.

Talking about his hometown, Hefner currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Who is David Hefner’s wife?

When it comes to his personal life, David has been tight-lipped. There is hardly any information about his wife or even if he ever got married.

Although sources suggest that he is married to a woman, there are no authentic sources to confirm this. Also, his absence from social media platforms has made his life even more mysterious. Hopefully he talked about his love life in the next few days.

His father Hugh Hefner is married to Thrice

David’s father Hugh has been married three times. He first married Millie Williams, a student at Northwestern University. The couple got married in 1949 and also welcomed 2 children from their relationship as we mentioned earlier. However, the husband and wife divorced in 1959 after 10 years of marriage.

He married an actress and model for the second time Kimberley Conrad. They walked down the aisle in 1989. Despite their huge age difference of 36, he had his longest-running relationship with her. The two also welcomed two sons before divorcing in 2010.

A year before Divorcing his second wife, Hugh started dating model and TV personality Crystal Harris. They were married on December 31, 2012, until his death.

Why did David Hefner’s parents divorce?

David’s parents, Hugh and Midred, had been together since their school days. But after their marriage, Mildred, Hefner’s mother, had an affair with a military man, which she confessed to her then-husband, Hugh.

Though they managed to be together for a while based on mutual understanding, they eventually got divorced.

David’s father died in 2017

The founder of Playboy magazine Hugh has passed away on September 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. He reportedly died of sepsis caused by an E. coli infection, at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California. At his death he was 91 years old.

He was buried in Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles next to Marilyn Monroe for which he paid $75,000 in 1992. Speaking to Los Angeles Times about the same in 2009, he stated:

Spending eternity next to Marilyn is an opportunity too good to pass up

What is David Hefner’s net worth? His father’s wealth after his death

Born as the son of Hugh Hefner, David is undoubtedly a potential candidate to inherit his wealth. However, he stopped by the chance and is leading a successful career as we said before. However, when it comes to his net worth, he has been mostly silent.

On the other hand, his father was worth about $50 million at the time of his death. According to sources, Daren Metropoulos acquired the Playboy Mansion for $100 million.


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