Christine Hefner was born in 1952 and is the daughter of Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy Magazine. Hefner graduated from Brandeis University with a BA in English and American literature in 1974 and began to work at Playboy after graduation. After four years there she became vice president.
In 1982 Hefner became president of Playboy Enterprises and six years later took over as chairman of the board and CEO. In 2008 Hefner began her push to trim the fat off the company’s expenses in order to get control of Playboy’s huge debt. Hefner was able to restructure the organization of the company by eliminating several money-losing components, firing employees and taking other actions. In addition, she had the foresight to invest in cable television just at the beginning of its rise in popularity. Cable and internet outlets have proven to be the path to profitability and growth for Playboy Enterprises.
Christine Hefner left Playboy in 2009.