Hefner at the Hilton Chicago in October 2007
November 8, 1952|
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
|Known for||Playboy Enterprises|
William A. Marovitz
(m. 1995; div. 2013)
Christie Ann Hefner (born November 8, 1952) is the former Playboy Enterprises Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, a company created by her father, Hugh Hefner. She stepped down from her position at Playboy on January 30, 2009. 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." She is currently chairman of the board of Hatch Beauty and serves on the advisory board of Springboard Enterprises.
Hefner was born in Chicago, 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 to 1968.
After college, she free-lanced for the Boston Phoenix for a year, writing movie reviews. Thereafter, she moved back to Chicago and started working at Playboy. After four years, she was promoted to vice president.
On December 8, 2008, she announced her plans to step down as CEO of Playboy as of January 31, 2009. Hefner said that the election of Barack Obama as the next U.S. 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.
When she left Canyon Ranch Enterprises in 2015, she became chairman of Hatch Beauty, a brand and product innovation company in the personal care space, and she also joined the board of RDO Companies, a $3 billion family owned agricultural conglomerate.
She's a founding member of The Chicago Network, The Committee of 200, and Women Corporate Directors. She's also an advisory board member to Springboard Enterprises and a Rush University Medical Center trustee.
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.
She married former Illinois state senator William A. Marovitz, a real estate developer and attorney in 1995. They divorced in 2013 and have no children. Marovitz was sued by the Securities Exchange Commission for allegedly using inside information to trade illegally in shares of Playboy. He was warned by Hefner never to attempt any trading. In 2011, he settled out of court for $168,352.
She lives in Chicago and has one brother, David, a computer systems analyst, who has two children and three grandchildren. She also has two half-brothers, Cooper and Marston, from her father's marriage to Kimberley Conrad.
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