Hefner at the Hilton Chicago in October 2007
|Known for||Playboy Enterprises|
William A. Marovitz
(m. 1995; div. 2013)
Christie Ann Hefner (born November 8, 1952) is an American businesswoman and activist. Hefner served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Playboy Enterprises from 1988 to 2009. Hefner is the daughter of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner.
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 1969.
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. 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. She stepped down from her position at Playboy on January 30, 2009.
In May 2011, Hefner 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.
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.
Hefner 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.
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