Hugh Hefner is in charge of creating one of the most popular magazines and bunnies ever. The Playboy Enterprises. He started it in 1953 to help manage the Playboy magazine. Like most people he started by selling some of his personal belongings and receiving donations and loans from other people. The very first copy that was published sold 50,000 copies. It sales peaked in 1972 with 7,000,000 copies sold. Today there are 5.6 million subscribers that rank it one of the number one mens favorite monthly magazines. People may have mixed feelings on him about what he is in charge of, whatever you believe he is a legacy.