While year-old Hef lives with his and something girlfriends at Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Christie, 55, pursues a more moderate existence in Chicago, enjoying quiet dinners with her husband lawyer and former Illinois state senator Billy Marovitz. Hef is perfectly happy to discuss how Viagra has rejuvenated him. His daughter keeps her sex life private and is known in the international business community for her acumen, focus and drive. The picture of elegance, she is dressed today in a well-cut suit, tailored top and pearl earrings, the only sign of extravagance her pear-shaped diamond engagement ring. She is, however, very much her father's daughter. After all, she has run the family business as chief executive officer and chairwoman of Playboy Enterprises Inc since Tall and slim, with a blond bob, she is drinking black coffee in her 15th-floor office overlooking Lake Michigan. The iconic Playboy imagery is evident everywhere: a massive bronze rabbit head on the wall in reception, sculptures of bunny mannequins in a display case. Hef created Playboy magazine here in Chicago 54 years ago.
On a recent afternoon, Hugh M. Hefner sat in the library of his 10,square-foot, Tudor-style mansion in this city's exclusive Holmby Hills section. The year-old founder of Playboy, which is still the world's best-selling men's magazine, was impeccable in a silk smoking jacket, silk and linen black pants, white cashmere socks and black silk slippers. Hefner, who oversees Playboy Enterprises with his daughter, Christie Hefner, the chairwoman and chief executive. We had a tough time in the 80's. Now, there's a new fascination with things Playboy. We're back. Actually, Playboy Enterprises still has a way to go, as it deals with competition from magazines like Maxim that appeal to younger men and as it tries to coax profits from a money-losing Internet effort. Yet to be seen, too, are the full ramifications of the company's move last summer to depart from its soft-core image and bolster its sexy but tame television unit with the purchase of three sexually explicit pay-per-view cable networks: the Hot Network, Hot Zone and Vivid TV. But the raciness of it put the stock off limits to some institutional investors, contributing to the midyear plunge in Playboy Enterprises' share price in
I don't think about financial success as the measurement of my success. It's important not to limit the amount of their own money that candidates can spend, but to give other people access to enough money to run competitive races. My mother thinks I could have even run a larger company. I came to Playboy not expecting to stay. But after five years, I found myself really enjoying the business world, and I realized I had some skill. I had an allowance, but I had to do things around the house to earn it. I think I always wanted my own money.
She lived for a short time in Chicago until her father Hugh Hefner creator of the world-famous Playboy empire and her mother Mildred Williams separated. Later, when her mother remarried, Christie and her brother David moved to Wilmette, Illinois. There she grew up in the suburbs and graduated from New Trier High School. She was an English major at Brandeis University. In her junior year she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and went on to graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and American literature in In she became a President's Councilor of her alma mater. After college, Christie wanted to pursue journalism or law, but started working at Playboy as an intermediate step. After being with the company for 5 years and moving up to the position of Vice President. Later, in , she married former Illinois state senator William A. Marovitz , real estate developer and attorney.