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What Was Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner's Actual Net Worth?

Here's how the legendary Playboy founder will split his estate.

When 91-year-old Hugh Hefner died yesterday, he left behind a fortune he built from the Playboy brand to his 31-year-old third wife, Crystal, and four children from previous relationships.

Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris in 2010

But don't expect his wife to inherit much, if any, of it. The former Playmate of the Month signed an "ironclad" prenuptial agreement before marrying Hefner at the Playboy Mansion on New Year's Eve in 2012, according to Us Weekly.

At the time, Hefner's fortune was estimated at $49 million and had been promised to "his children, the University of Southern California film school, and a variety of charities," the magazine reported.

Current estimates of Hefner's net worth range from $50 million to $110 million, a figure that the research organization Wealth-X quoted to Business Insider. The Telegraph reports that the publisher's 70-percent ownership of Playboy was valued at $399 million in 1999 but declined significantly due to dwindling magazine sales.

Hefner has two children, Christie, 64, and David, 62, with his first wife, Mildred Williams. They were married from 1949 to 1959. Christie worked at Playboy for three decades, beginning in 1975, and served as the company's CEO for 20 years. Hefner also has two sons, Marston, 27 and Cooper, 26, with Kimberly Conrad, a former Playmate of the Year whom Hefner divorced in 2010. Like his older half-sister, Cooper is involved in the family business; he serves as chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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