Hugh Hefner

He meant so much, to so many, for so long.

“Fire…the wheel…Playboy.”

I could say that to Hef, and he would know what I meant. We could speak in shorthand. “Glad that’s all cleared up,” I would turn and say to him after the generally meaningless, nonsensical new movies we’d see Sundays at the Playboy Mansion…

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Using creative skills he fostered as a child and young adult, Hugh Hefner became a successful entrepreneur. Starting with the launch of the Playboy magazine in 1953, Hef built an entire media empire and launched one of the most recognizable brands in America today.  

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Starting with the publication of the 18 installments of the Playboy Philosophy, Hefner became a social entrepreneur for the causes he cares about most. Since the first issue of Playboy Magazine, Hef has been a strong proponent of 1st Amendment rights and defending civil rights and liberties.

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Hugh Hefner created the Playboy empire when few saw how impactful it could be on society. Since the launch of the magazine in 1953, Hef has also looked for opportunities to invest in the next generation and improve society in the future.

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Hef's Story

Hugh Hefner revolutionized the adult entertainment industry with his instant hit publication of Playboy. From here he built a multimillion-dollar empire that includes clubs, resorts, hotels, and casino’s. Not only is Hefner a successful businessman he also fought for racial inclusivity during a period where it was taboo, and against censorship in mainstream media, that eventually led to Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Awards.


HMH Foundation

The Hugh M. Hefner Foundation was established to facilitate individual rights in our democratic society.  The primary purpose of the foundation is to support organizations that advocate for and defend civil rights and civil liberties with special emphasis on First Amendment rights and rational sex and drug policies.