Hugh Hefner’s Journey From a High IQ of 152 to the Creation of Play Boy; Success Story of Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner is the person responsible for the creation of Play Boy the famous magazine for an adult’s entertainment. Hugh Hefner and his magazine Playboy single-handedly developed the adult entertainment industry and made it popular all over the world and has since become a multimillion-dollar business endeavor that has expanded to incorporate television, web ventures, clubs and much more. In this article, you will come to know about the life of Hugh Hefner, his struggles and interesting story behind the creation of Play Boy company. He was recently in the news because he died at the age of 91 on 28th September 2017.

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Hugh Hefner was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 9, 1926. He was the first child of his parents (Grace Caroline and Glenn Lucius Hefner) who both worked as teachers.

Hefner initially showed his interest in publication at an early age of his life, He started a high school newspaper while attending Steinmetz High School. Well, Hugh Hefner had a high IQ of 152, Hefner was unenthusiastic about school in general. After completing graduation, he served two years in the United States Army as a writer for the newspaper, then he left US Army and went on to attend classes at the Chicago Art Institute. After two years at the Art Institute, Hefner attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in the year 1950. There wasn’t any idea regarding the creation of Play Boy were observed.

Dropped out his college, Hugh Hefner began working for Esquire magazine in the Chicago office, which was considered to be a rather racy publication for the time. While at Esquire, Hefner works at entry-level pay and served as a promotional copywriter. He later ended up leaving the company over a salary dispute. It leads him to the creation of Play Boy then.

Next Life Event was the Creation of Play Boy:

After working at Esquire, Hefner decided to start his own publication, especially for men, with similar features that Esquire offered, but ‘better’ in his opinion. To collect Start-Up costs for this business, Hugh Hefner borrowed funds amounting to $8,000 from 45 separate investors, one of them being his own mother. Then he began the creation of Playboy magazine, with the first edition which was produced in Hefner’s own home. This first edition was launched and made its appearance on Chicago newsstands in December of 1953. Also, this rare edition does not have a date on it, because of the uncertainty at the time as to whether the magazine would be successful enough to warrant the printing of additional editions etc. As a bit of clever marketing trick, the Play Boy magazine featured a full colored nude centerfold of a young Marilyn Monroe.

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  [Young Marilyn Munroe on Play Boy Magazine’s Cover]
The magazine surprisingly did well, sold over 50,000 copies, and was considered to be a huge success. Since then, the popularity of Playboy has never affected, and the trademark Playboy logo of the bunny wearing a bow tie, as well as the man himself, has become legend. During the 1960’s, the sophisticated image of Hugh Hefner smoking his pipe while wearing a silk smoking jacket had become synonymous with the Playboy brand.

When the magazine reached its golden age in the 1960’s, the Playboy enterprise came to include ‘private key’ clubs, hotel resorts, modeling agencies, feature films, books, a record company and of course, the iconic hostesses, the Playboy ‘bunnies’. By 1970, Hugh Hefner had gone from beginning an entrepreneurial endeavor in his own home to being the founder of a major corporation. Circulation of the magazine went public and copies were selling at rates of seven million copies per month. The year 1972 earned Hefner of ‘Play Boy’ a twelve million dollar profit. Then the creation of Play Boy resulted in a correct decision for him.

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Hugh Hefner became undoubtedly one of the most successful men of the time. Much of his philosophy revolves around the idea of not letting your life’s dreams and goals slip away. Some of his business advice includes his recommendation of not always conforming to the pressures that life presents, but rather to bring things to a conscious level and to not allow society to squash your dreams or steer you in another direction. Hefner suggests truly taking stock of your life and then deciding what you want to do with it. Hugh also suggests staying focused on your goals and taking advantage of the technology that is modernly available.

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Hugh Hefner also points out that he does not necessarily consider himself to be a good businessman even though he is a man who has been very successful in business. He attributes this to being a good entrepreneur with decent skills in the marketing and editorial areas, who also happens to be creative.

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Hugh Hefner’s Famous Quotes For Success:

  1. “The interesting thing is how one guy, through living out his own fantasies, is living out the fantasies of so many other people.”

  2. “If you let society and your peers define who you are, you’re the less for it.”

  3. “Life is too short to be living somebody else’s dream.”

  4. “I have no plans to retire. It’s the perfect combination of work and play that keeps you young. If I quit work it would be the beginning of the end for me.”

  5. “There are many roads to Mecca”.

These quotes are all food for thought for anyone thinking about pursuing a dream or achieving a personal or business goal. Consider it good advice coming from a man who started out as a young college graduate, and who was known as one of the most successful businessmen in the world.

He is a prime example of how following through and staying focused can help anyone obtain great success. He decided what he wanted to do with his life, how he wanted to go about doing it, and with the financial backing of some family and close friends who believed in his dream, brought it to fruition. Hugh Hefner focused on his strong points in order to bring his creative vision to life, which is something any of us can do if we set our minds to it. You will definitely get success as long as you never give up on your dreams. Do share this article with your friends and do connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & YouTube.


Avinash is the co-founder and a writer on Careers & LifeStyle on this website i.e He is a graduate in Mass Communication and is a tech addict. You will generally find him with his laptop or tablet or smartphone.

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