Christie Hefner in 2007
November 8, 1952 |
|Residence||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
|Known for||Playboy Enterprises|
|Spouse(s)||William A. Marovitz (1995–2013)|
Christie Ann Hefner (born November 8, 1952) is the former chairman 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. 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 Executive Chairman of Canyon Ranch Enterprises, Chairman of the Board of Hatch Beauty, Board Member and Strategic Advisor of Luminary Digital Media, and Global Editorial Advisory Board Member of Reuters.
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.
On December 8, 2008, she announced her plans to step down as CEO of Playboy as of January 31, 2009. 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.
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 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. The couple separated in November 2011 and divorced in 2013.
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