Daren Metropoulos, a principal at investment firm Metropoulos & Co., has closed on his purchase of the Playboy Mansion at a sale price of $100 million. Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Enterprises, will continue to occupy the Mansion for his lifetime.
“The Playboy Mansion is one of the most iconic properties in the world and the crown jewel of Holmby Hills and the platinum triangle,” said Mr. Metropoulos. “For the last 45 years, Mr. Hefner has imbued the estate with a rich and storied legacy. The property’s heritage is not only that of a famous address; it is a true masterpiece in design, constructed by a noted architect for a family who played an important role in the development of Los Angeles in the early 20th Century.”
In 2009, Daren Metropoulos acquired the sister house next door (built two years after the Mansion, in 1929), to occupy as his personal residence. Since then, he has embarked on a significant restoration, making substantial improvements to the property’s formal gardens and expansive grounds, which are adjacent to the Los Angeles Country Club and include the original gate that connects to the Playboy Mansion. At some point after Mr. Hefner’s tenancy ends, he intends to reconnect the two estates, ultimately returning the combined 7.3 acre compound to the original vision executed by architect Arthur R. Kelly and its first owner, Arthur Letts, Jr., the department store heir whose father conceived and developed Holmby Hills when it was the Wolfskill Ranch.
“I feel fortunate and privileged to now own a one-of-a-kind piece of history and art,” added Mr. Metropoulos. “I look forward to eventually rejoining the two estates and enjoying this beautiful property as my private residence for years tocome.”
Hugh M. Hefner has called the Playboy Mansion his home and office since 1971. His uncompromising vision is at the heart of Playboy’s legacy, which over the years has become one of the most enduring and recognizable brands in the world. Along the way, Mr. Hefner has been at the center of the many significant social movements of his lifetime, a leading voice and champion of freedom in all its forms – social, racial, political, sexual andeconomic.
Mr. Metropoulos, 33, is the former co-owner and co-CEO of Pabst Brewing Company and a current co-owner of Hostess Brands, the maker of well-known American snacks, including Twinkies. He has spent his entire career working alongside his father, Dean Metropoulos, and brother, Evan Metropoulos, acquiring, transforming and increasing the value of iconic companies, brands and assets. The family has owned, revitalized and sold numerous brands such as Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, Ghirardelli Chocolates, Perrier Jouët champagne, Bumble Bee Tuna, Chef Boyardee, Duncan Hines and manyothers.
Additional background on Playboy Enterprises, Inc. can be found at http://www.playboyenterprises.com