Victor Aubrey Lownes(1928-2016), Businessman
Sitter in 2 portraits
Born in New York, Lownes moved to Chicago after his father died. In 1954 he met Hugh Hefner who had recently established Playboy magazine. After working on the advertisement and promotion of Playboy Lownes was made the manager of the first Playboy Club which opened in Chicago in 1960. Following its success he opened the London Playboy Club in 1966 which incorporated a casino to take advantage of the legalisation of gambling. By 1981 it was the most profitable casino in the world. Following accusations of gambling irregularities, Hefner fired Lownes, its gambling license was revoked and profits dramatically fell.
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