Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner claims he's slept with 'over a thousand' women

March 26, 2013 at 9:44 AM ET

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Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner and Crystal Harris, his new wife.

Everyone comes with baggage from past relationships, but Hugh Hefner's romantic history is a little -- OK, a lot -- more crowded than others'. In a new interview with Esquire magazine, the 86-year-old Playboy founder confesses to sleeping with many, many women over the years. Too many to count, in fact.

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"How could I possibly know? Over a thousand, I'm sure," the mogul says of the number of ladies he's taken to bed. "There were chunks of my life when I was married, and when I was married I never cheated. But I made up for it when I wasn't married. You have to keep your hand in."

Hefner's hand is out of the game now, thanks to the magazine publisher's relationship with wife Crystal Harris. Speaking about his 26-year-old bride, whom he wed in December, the multi-millionaire gushes that he's a happy, committed, one-woman man.

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"All our friends think it's made in heaven," he tells Esquire of his third marriage. (Hef was wed twice before, to Mildred Williams from 1949 to 1959, and to Kimberley Conrad from 1989 to 2010.) "It's only people who don't know us, who simply see us as stereotypes in terms of age and beauty."

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"I just feel very, very fortunate to have found her at this stage in my life. I saved the best till last," he says of the model.

Later, musing about his plans for the future, he adds: "I want the rest of my life to be very much like it is now. I want it to be like this."

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