Hugh Marston Hefner (born April 9, 1926) is an American adult magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. Hefner is a Chicago, Illinois native and a former journalist for Esquire. Hefner is also a World War II veteran. He is best known for being the founder and chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises. A self-made millionaire, he is now worth over 43 million dollars. Hefner is also a political activist and philanthropist active in several causes and public issues.