Christie Hefner

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Christie Hefner
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Christie Hefner in 2007
Born (1952-11-08) November 8, 1952 (age 61)
Wilmette, Illinois
Residence Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Brandeis University
Occupation Publisher
Known for Playboy Enterprises
Spouse(s) William A. Marovitz (1995–2013)
Parents Hugh Hefner
Mildred Williams

Christie Ann Hefner (born November 8, 1952) is the former chairwoman and chief executive officer of Playboy Enterprises, the company created by her father, Hugh Hefner. She stepped down from her position at Playboy on January 30, 2009.[1] She has often worked with the progressive political organization Center for American Progress. Their site describes her as having "long been involved in electing progressive candidates, advancing women, First Amendment issues, and advancing treatment for people with HIV/AIDS."

Early life[edit]

Hefner was born in Wilmette, Illinois. She is the daughter of Mildred (Williams) and Hugh Hefner. Her parents had separated by the time she was five. When her mother remarried, she moved to Wilmette, Illinois. There she graduated from New Trier High School. She attended the National Music Camp at Interlochen during the summers from 1964-1969.[citation needed]

She graduated summa cum laude from Brandeis University with a Bachelors degree in English and American literature in 1974. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year.[2]

Career[edit]

After college, she started working at Playboy. After four years, she was promoted to vice president.[citation needed]

In 1982, she became president of Playboy Enterprises, and was made chairman of the board and CEO in 1988. The company acquired adult-oriented businesses such as Spice Network and ClubJenna.[3][4]

In 2008, she released a memo to employees about her efforts to streamline the company's operations, including eliminating its DVD division and laying off staff.[5]

On December 8, 2008, she announced her plans to step down as CEO of Playboy as of January 31, 2009.[6] Ms. Hefner said that the election of Barack Obama as the next President had inspired her to give more time to charitable work, and that the decision to step down was her own. "Just as this country is embracing change in the form of new leadership, I have decided that now is the time to make changes in my own life as well," she said.[7]

In May 2011, she was named Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, a resort company that operates six premier spa destinations and an online website providing health and wellness advice.

Philanthropy[edit]

Hefner created the Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award in honor of her father, and has helped to raise $30 million to build the CORE Center in Chicago, the first outpatient facility in the Midwest for people with AIDS.[8]

Personal life[edit]

She married former Illinois State Senator William A. Marovitz, a real estate developer and attorney, in 1995 and lives in Chicago. They have no children. Marovitz was sued by the Securities Exchange Commission in 2012 for allegedly using inside information to trade illegally in shares of Playboy and settled out of court for $168,352.[9] The couple separated in November 2011 and divorced in 2013.[10][11][citation needed]

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