Barbi Benton Net Worth
Barbi Benton net worth: Barbi Benton is a former Playboy model who has a net worth of $20 million. Barbi Benton was born in New York on January 28, 1950. She moved to Los Angeles at the age of 16 in search of modelling work. Before the Playboy years, Benton was a regular on the variety show Hee Haw, but after four seasons she left the show to concentrate on other projects. Benton set every teenage boy's heart racing when she became a cover girl for Playboy magazine. She appeared nude in double spreads in 1970, 1973 and 1975. Despite her regular appearances in the top shelf magazine, Benton was never a 'Playmate of the Month'.
As an actress, she appeared in ABC's comedy series, Sugar Time! The comedy show told the life of a wannabe female rock group in the 70s. Benton also enjoyed considerable success as a country and pop singer in the 70s. Her first single, "Brass Buckles" (1975), peaked at number 5 on the Billboard country singles chart. Her 1976 single, "Ain't That Just the Way" was covered by R&B singer Lutricia McNeal in 1996. McNeal's version of single was a massive hit in the UK and Sweden. Benton went on to produce and record eight albums between 1975 and 1979. In 1979, Benton married a real estate developer named George Gradow and quit the show business to start a family. Together the couple has two children, Alexander (born 1986) and Ariana (born 1988). Ariana appeared in The Girls of Playboy Mansion in 2008-2009.
Benton was married to Playboy founder Hugh Hefner from 1969-1976. She met Hefner in the late sixties when she was just 18 and he was 42. Her first TV appearance was on Hefner's show, "Playboy, After Dark". Recently Hefner openly admitted that the best thing that came out his 60s TV show, was meeting Benton. Barbi received a large financial settlement when she and Hefner broke up. Today Benton works as an Interior decorator.