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

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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 controversial Playboy magazine. As the son of a famous dad, David has also been a subject in the media for a long time.

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

Let’s get started.

David Hefner Stats

Full NameDavid Hefner
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 Hefner 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 three other siblings, Christie Hefner, Cooper Hefner, & Marston Hefner. While Christie is his biological sister, Cooper and Marston are his step-brothers.

Both his step-brothers were born from his father’s second marriage with Kimberley Conrad.  Well, all his siblings are pretty much established and doing well in their professional life. His youngest brother Cooper 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 Step-Brother Marston Hefner
Similarly, Marston is also associated with Playboy magazine and is also into acting. He has appeared in a few TV series and documentaries like Hef’s Runaway Bride, America’s Book of Secrets, & a few others. Unfortunately, back in 2012, police arrested and imprisoned him for a year for domestic violence against his girlfriend Claire Sinclair.

His Biological Sister Christie Is A Businesswoman & Activist

David Hefner’s biological sister Christie is a successful businesswoman. She is very 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.

What Does David Hefner Do For a Living? His Career in Detail and College

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. He attended the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1999 and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in film and digital media in 2003.

Following his graduation, Hugh Hefner’s son David started working as a freelance assistant editor/editor in Los Angeles, California in October 2005. He later served as an editor for a number of talk shows at Associated Television. Further, David worked for many feature film productions like Beyond, Robosapien Rebooted, and Shut Up and Shoot.

In the year 2007, Hefner joined Smoking Cat Films, in Los Angeles as a writer and director. While at Smoking Cat, David wrote and directed his first feature movie ‘Forgotten Pills.” It also won the grand jury prize for best feature at the 2010 Dances with Films festival.

Furthermore, Hefner also worked as a writer, director, and editor for the feature movie “Washed.”

From 2011 to 2016, the popular star kid signed a contract with AOL Studious as an editor and worked on digital and VR content. At the time, he also collaborated with some affiliate sites The List, Translogic, Hardwired, and Makers.

Hugh Hefner’s Son David is now a Video Editor at STAGE3 AGENCY

Along with a wide and extensive experience in video editing, David is now a video editor at STAGE3 AGENCY, a digital content agency that creates captivating brand-to-customer experiences, in Los Angeles. He has been with the company since June 2021.

Prior to STAGE, Hefner was an editor at Oath, where he worked from October 2016 to October 2017. He subsequently again began his freelancing journey and worked as a freelance editor for Netflix’s internal productions. He worked for the popular mobile video game, Hay Day and Hearst Television.

As per the Washington Post article, published in 1983, Hefner was previously a photographer.

Talking about his residence, Hefner currently lives in San Francisco Bay Area.

Who Is David Hefner’s Wife?

When it comes to his personal life, David has been pretty much tight-lipped. There is barely any information about his wife or even if he ever married for that matter.

Although sources suggest that he is married to a wife, there are no authentic sources to confirm it. Also, his absence from social media platforms has made his life even more mysterious. Hopefully, he talked about his love life in the days to come.

His Father Hugh Hefner Is married to Thrice

David’s father Hugh is married three times. He first married Millie Williams, a student at Northwestern University. The couple married in 1949 and also welcomed 2 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 in 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, until his death.

Why Did David Hefner’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 then-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

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.

On the other hand, his father was worth around $50 million at the time of his death. As per sources, Daren Metropoulos acquired the Playboy Mansion for $100 million.


Who is David Hefner?

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

What is David Hefner Age?

David Hefner is aged 67 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. Even though it is known that he is a married man, its not known who is wife is.