What Happened to David Hefner? The Oldest Son Of Hugh Hefner

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David Hefner is the second child of American magazine publisher Hugh Marston Hefner. His father was the founder and editor-in-chief of the Playboy magazine. As the son of a famous dad, people want to know about David’s wife, if he has any, and what’s he doing up to.

His dad is no more in this world as Hugh died in 2017. So, how is David’s life at present? What does he do for a living now? Is the star kid married? In this article, we will talk about his career, relationships, net worth, & other interesting details about him.

Key Takeaways

David is the second oldest child of Hugh Hefner, whom he welcomed with his first wife, Mildred Williams.
Born in 1955, David has one older sister Christie, and two younger half-brothers, Cooper and Marston.
While David himself refrained from joining Playboy magazine, his sis and brother Cooper are a pivotal part of the organization.
He is a professional photographer and apart from that also owns a computer consulting firm in Los Angeles.
Hefner is a married man and has a couple of kids.
His net worth is around $250,000.

David Hefner Profile Summary

Birthday30th August
Date of BirthAugust 30, 1955
ParentsHugh Hefner (father), and Mildred Williams (mother)
Siblings3 (Christie Hefner, Cooper, and Marston)
Marital StatusMarried

David Hefner Is The Son Of Hugh Hefner

As we said, David is one of four kids of the Playboy founder. He was born on August 30, 1955, to his father Hugh Marston Hefner, and mother Mildred (“Millie”) Williams. In fact, he is the first son of the magazine publisher and his first wife Millie.

Born in one of the wealthiest families, Hefner had a very luxurious life. However, despite all the fame that his father had, David has kept himself pretty much away from the limelight.

David Hefner Has Three Siblings

He is not the only kid in the family. Instead, he has four other siblings, Christie Hefner, Cooper Hefner, & Marston Hefner. While Christie is his biological sister, Cooper and Marston are his half-brothers.

Both his step-brothers were born from his father’s second marriage with Kimberley Conrad. Well, all of his siblings are pretty much established and doing well in their professional life.

David (far left) with his sister (far right) during their father’s death.

His Biological Sister Christie Is A Businesswoman & Activist

His biological sister Christie, born on November 8th, 1952, is a successful businesswoman. She is actively involved in the family business and has been with Playboy magazine for over 30 years. Moreover, she also served as the CEO of Playboy for around 20 years.

David Hefner's Father Hugh And Sister Christie Hefner Back In 2008
David Hefner’s Father Hugh And Sister Christie Hefner Back In 2008.
She reportedly began working for the magazine in 1975 and was appointed the president of Playboy Enterprises in 1982 and eventually as the CEO in 1988.

Moreover, she is also a philanthropist and raised $30 million for CORE Chicago. Well, with all her philanthropic and business endeavors, she has also been named Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women a number of times.

Marston Hefner is a Writer

Marston, born April 9, 1990, is the son of the late Hugh Hefner and Kimberly Conrad. Just like his half-brother David, he also didn’t work for his dad’s organization.

He instead pursued a career as a writer and actor. He has appeared in a few TV series and documentaries like Hef’s Runaway Bride, America’s Book of Secrets, & a few others.

Besides, back in 2012, police arrested and arrested him for a year for domestic violence against his girlfriend Claire Sinclair.

Cooper works for Playboy

His youngest brother Cooper, born September 4th, 1991, is the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprise. Moreover, he is also the founder and CEO of the upstart media company Hop.

David's Step-Brother Marston Hefner
David’s half-Brother Marston Hefner

A graduate of Chapman University, he joined his father’s organization whilst still studying in college. In July 2016, when his father stepped down as the Chief Creative Officer of Playboy, he stepped in to fill his shoes.

He is currently married to Harry Potter actress Scarlett Byrne and the couple is a proud parent of three children.

The Hefner Siblings have a Cordial Bond

All four of them are incredibly close-knit with each other. Both Christie and David share an unbreakable bond with their half-siblings.

When the Hefner family patriarch passed away, all of them came together during this dreaded time and spent a lot of time.

What Does David Hefner Do For a Living?

He is a professional photographer and generally operates only in the state of California. In addition to this, he also owns a computer consulting firm in Los Angeles, California.

David playing a board game with his dad and sister.
David (left) playing Backgammon with his father.

It’s clear that, unlike his sister and step-brothers, David is not into the family business. Rather, the star kid has paved his own path and has his own business.

Talking about his residence, Hefner currently lives in Los Angeles where he also owns a farm.

Who Is David Hefner’s Wife?

He is happily married to his wife of many years, though he has refrained from speaking about her. This is why, he has also not revealed her name to the public yet. Also, his absence from social media platforms doesn’t make it easier.

In addition to that, he is also a father. He reportedly shares a couple of kids with his wife.

When it comes to his personal life, David has been pretty much tight-lipped. Hopefully, he talked about his love life in the days to come.

His Father Hugh Hefner was married three times

David’s father Hugh is married three times. He first married Millie Williams, a student at Northwestern University. The couple married on June 25th, 1949, and also welcomed two kids from their relationship as we stated earlier. However, the husband and wife divorced in 1959 after 10 years of marriage.

He married for the second time to an actress and model Kimberley Conrad. They walked down the aisle on July 1st, 1989. Despite their huge age gap of 36, he had his longest-running relationship with her. The two also welcomed two sons before divorcing in 2010.

A year before Hugh divorced his second wife, he began dating model and TV personality Crystal Harris. They tied the knot on December 31, 2012, and were together up until his death.

Why Did David’s Parents  Divorce?

David’s parents, Hugh and Midred had been together since their school days. But after their marriage, Hefner’s mom Mildred had an affair with a military guy, which she confessed to her husband, Hugh.

Though they managed to be together for a while on mutual understanding, they eventually divorced.

David’s Father Died In 2017

The founder of Playboy magazine Hugh died on September 27, 2017, in Los Angeles California. He reportedly died of sepsis brought on by an E. coli infection, at his home in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California. At the time of his death, he was 91 years of age.

He was buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles, beside Marilyn Monroe for which he had paid $75000 back in 1992. Talking to Los Angeles Times about the same in 2009, he stated,

Spending eternity next to Marilyn is an opportunity too sweet to pass up.

How Much Is David Hefner’s Net Worth? His Father’s Wealth After His Death

He is currently worth $250,000 all thanks to his work as a photographer and a computer consultant. His father was worth around $50 million at the time of his death.

While Hugh’s children did receive a fair chunk of his wealth, it has been said that David didn’t get any money due to his policy of staying out of his old man’s business.

According to reports, Hugh had a number of conditions when it comes to his kids taking the money. He required that in order to take a single penny from his fortune, his kids would need to be substance free. Furthermore, if need be, they should also agree on doing drug test.

Born as Hugh Hefner’s son, David undoubtedly is a potential candidate to inherit his wealth. However, he quit the opportunity and leads a successful career as we stated earlier. However, when it comes to his net worth, he has been mostly silent.

As per sources, Daren Metropoulos acquired the Playboy Mansion for $100 million after Hugh’s demise.


Who is David Hefner?

He is an entrepreneur with a consulting firm. He is the second son of the Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner.

What is David Hefner Age?

He is 67 years old as of early 2023. He was born on August 30, 1955, in Palo Alto, California.

Who is David Hefner Wife?

David is super private about his married life. He is a married man and has children with his wife.