There are some things so weird that they can’t have been made up. Among them is news that Hugh Hefner’s Los Angeles mansion — AKA The Playboy Mansion — with its multiple hot tubs, saunas and grottos, has been sold for roughly $200 million to the billionaire owner of Hostess Twinkies and Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer.
Daren Metropoulos, 32, Hefner’s next door neighbor, plans to conjoin the two property when he’s able to do so – when Hefner dies. Until then, Metropoulos will be owner but not resident of the iconic near-palace which, as he told The Wall Street Journal, has a heritage that “transcends its celebrity.” He declared that “to have the opportunity to serve as its steward would be a true privilege.”
Metropoulos, son of Greek American billionaire and private equity tycoon C. Dean Metropoulos, presently calls an $18m mansion home. When he is able to join the two properties, his ‘estate’ will comprise 7.3 acres (2.95 hectares).
While it’s true that somebody had to buy Hef’s place, it’s more than ironic that the deed was done – and a deed will be signed by – the owner of a cupcake franchise that lent its name to young gay men, a man who also owns a beer that’s long been popular particularly in the American Midwest. A beer baron buying the home of a man whose tastes, and budget, must certainly have been champagne-oriented for well over half a century!