Victor Lownes

Born Apr 17, 1928
Age 88

Victor Aubrey Lownes III An executive with Playboy Enterprises in various capacities, various vice-presidencies, always a close confidant of Hugh Hefner. Headed Playboy Europe and the UK Playboy Clubs from the mid-sixties until his dismissal in the early eighties. During this time he was Britain's highest paid executive, drawing a salary of $113,800 and was Playboy Enterprises second biggest shareholder.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Victor Lownes.


1928 Birth Born in 1928.


1946 18 Years Old Lownes got married at the age of 18 in 1946 and had two children. … Read More


1954 26 Years Old 1 More Event
…  After meeting Hugh Hefner in 1954 soon after Hefner had started of Playboy Magazine, Lownes eventually joined his publishing company, serving in various capacities with the title of vice president. … Read More
1955 27 Years Old Lownes was asked to write a couple of articles and in November 1955 he was offered a full-time job with the company as Promotions Director. … Read More


1959 31 Years Old Plans for a Playboy Club were begun in 1959. … Read More
1963 35 Years Old In 1963, Victor Lownes became restless and asked Hefner to be sent to London to open a British Playboy club. … Read More
1966 38 Years Old Gambling had recently been legalized in the UK and Lownes realized there was an opportunity to add the attraction of a casino to the nightclub. A Playboy Club was opened in the heart of the capital, at 45 Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park, on July 1, 1966 and was an immediate success. … Read More
1967 39 Years Old He later moved to 1 Connaught Street in 1967 which had previously been the London residence of Mary Augusta Ward, a novelist of the late 19th and early 20th century. … Read More


1978 50 Years Old As well as being Victor Lownes residence the mansion was used as a training camp for Playboy bunnies and was well known for hosting extravagant parties, including the infamous 1978 25-hour party (to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the founding of Playboy Magazine), when guests and Bunny Girls who were given green dots to wear, were allowed upstairs to Stocks' many bedrooms. … Read More
With the gaming license approval for the Victoria Sporting Club in February 1981, Playboy Enterprises became the largest, and, table for table, one of the most profitable gaming operators in the UK. … Read More
1984 56 Years Old She had continued to pose for Playboy until 1984. … Read More


2005 77 Years Old Lownes reconciled with Polanski following his dismissal. During the Roman Polanski libel case against Vanity Fair in July 2005, Victor Lownes was ill and could not attend the trial in support of his old chum, and so his wife came in his place. … Read More
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