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Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.

Thursday's Connector of the Day: Hugh Hefner

March 15th, 2010
04:14 PM ET

Most men would probably say that he's the luckiest guy in the world - it's a title that Hugh Hefner still lives to at 83 years of age.

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Sometimes known simply as "Hef", the founder of Playboy Magazine and head of Playboy Enterprises has turned his love of women, politics and popular culture into a multi-million dollar company.

Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 and the first issue was produced from the kitchen of his mother's apartment in Chicago.

The first issue sold out in weeks and the magazine became an instant hit. Playboy peaked in 1972 with over 7 million copies sold.

The Playboy centerfold became synonymous with sex appeal and celebrities including Farrah Fawcett, Drew Barrymore and Kim Basinger all appeared in the magazine.

Although many people associate Hugh Hefner as the ultimate bachelor, he was actually married in 1949 and had two children. However, after an admission of infidelity by his wife, the couple divorced ten years later.

Today, Hefner is still enjoying his life as a bachelor and is notorious for dating many of his playboy playmates at a time.

Whether you agree with his lifestyle or not, Hugh Hefner has been the ultimate "playboy" for more than half a century.

Here's your chance to ask Hugh Hefner a question.

Do you want to know what life is really like inside the Playboy mansion? Maybe you want to know who his favorite playmate of all time is? What's the future of the magazine?

Please leave your questions below and tell us where you're writing from. Tune in on Thursday March 19 at 2100 GMT to see if we used your question.

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March 15th, 2010
01:54 PM ET

What does Beckham's injury mean to the World Cup?

March 15th, 2010
01:45 PM ET

David Beckham's prospects of crowning his stellar professional football career with one final World Cup appearance this year appeared to be in tatters Monday after he suffered a suspected Achilles tendon injury.

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Beckham, whose global popularity - particularly with American fans - would have been a huge spectator draw for the 2010 Cup in South Africa, was forced to hobble from the pitch while playing a league game for his Italian team AC Milan.

Fabio Capello, the manager of the England team, said tests were under way to determine the seriousness of the injury, but Beckham's prospects looked grim.

In a message posted his own Web site, Beckham - photographed Monday walking with the aid of a crutch - said he was on his way to Finland to see a specialist and was optimistic of a rapid return to the pitch.

"I am upset but want to thank everyone for their messages of support," he said. "I hope to make a swift and full recovery."

Beckham's inclusion in the line up for South Africa, albeit less crucial than younger stars such as Wayne Rooney, would have made him the country's first ever player to compete in four World Cups.

Beckham was expected to be a huge draw card for fans and sponsors at the World Cup and many were hedging on his involvement to bring in money.

Now that Beckham looks like he'll be out of this year's tournament, we want to know what you think.

How do you think Beckham's injury will impact this year's World Cup? Will his impact be felt more as a personality or as a player?

And please let us know from where you are writing.

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