Highly known for being the former girlfriend of Playboy Magazine’s founder Huge Hefner who is more than 20 years older than her, Barbi Benton is a popular model, singer, and actress. Over her career, Barbi has excelled her skills in many fields. Here are the complete details about her career, earnings, and net worth in 2018.
Barbi Benton early life
The American actress, model, and singer, Barbi Benton was born on January 28, 1950, in New York City. She hailed from a Jewish family and was born as Barbara Lynn Klein. Initially, her father worked as a military doctor and later he became a physician. Her mother worked as an investment counsellor for some time. When Barbi was only 2 years old, her family moved to California where she attended Rio Americano High School. Then, she enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles. However, by the time, she has already stepped into modeling.
Talking about her personal life, Barbi has garnered more publicity for her personal reasons rather than the professional career. At the initial days of her career, she came into the relationship with Hugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy Magazine. They were in a live-in relationship for almost 7 years. In 1976, she broke up with Hugh and after three years, in 1979, she married George Gradow. The couple is blessed with 2 kids. Their relationship is going smoothly at present.
Barbi Benton career, awards & achievements
Barbi stepped into modeling when she was only 16 years old. Initially, she had to struggle but after 2 years, she joined the show ‘Playboy After Dark’. And this is where her life changed forever. Soon, the founder of Playboy Magazine, Hefner, fell in love with her and she became the co-host of the show from a mere worker. She was in relationship with Hefner for 7 years and in these years, she had established herself as a professional model. She graced the Playboy magazine cover for four times which raised her popularity. Though at that time, she was on the driving seat of the Playboy magazine, she could never become the Playmate of the months.
When she had achieved success in modeling, she stepped into acting and appeared in a few hit films and TV shows. Hee Haw, The Naughty Cheerleader, The Love Boat, The Girls Next Door, and Hospital Massacre are the notable works that are known for her remarkable acting. She has also released a couple of her albums and they gained reasonable success. She was active as a singer during 1975-1990. She released 4 albums, out of which Barbi Doll garnered the most popularity. With this album, she tried her hands in country singing and impressed the audience.
Awards & achievements
Though Barbi Benton is multi-talented and has tried her hands in many spheres, she could never reach the point where she could bag an award. The only award she has won over her entire career is TV Land Award.
Net worth of Barbi Benton
Barbi Benton had a successful career as a model and singer. She also gained a decent success as an actress. She appeared in playboy magazine four times. With the fact, you can assume how successful she was as a model. In fact, she made the most of her money through the modeling. Aside from the modeling, she also made a good amount of money through both acting and singing. So, as of now, she has a jaw-breaking net worth of $25 million from all the sources. Today, she is nearly 70 years old. Considering her age, she really has a great net worth. She also owns two lavish apartments, one in Aspen and one in Los Angeles.
Though Barbi had started her career with the help of Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, she managed to give it a push whenever it needed. That’s why today she holds a successful career.