27 May 1947 – 22 June 2014
It is with great regret we announce the death of maverick publisher Felix Dennis after a long-running battle with cancer.
Bought up by his mother he left home at 14 when she remarried. He made a living playing in R&B bands and window dressing.
He was famously involved in the OZ magazine obscenity trial after being made co-editor of the publication in 1969. OZ epitomised the Hippy counter-culture and was renowned for its groundbreaking psychedelic art and pornographic content. Richard Neville, Jim Anderson and Dennis were all found guilty on various charges but the sentences were later quashed on appeal.
In 1973 he launched his own publishing company starting with Kung Fu Monthly. This was followed by a bunch of magazines devoted to computers of which some titles were sold on for substantial profit. He also co-founded MicroWarehouse which was later floated on Nasdaq and formed the basis for his considerable wealth.
Perhaps he was best known for launching Maxim. This became the world’s best selling men’s lifestyle magazine. With offices in both London and New York Dennis Publishing has over 50 titles under its umbrella including The Week, Bizarre and Fortean Times.
He has written and published several books of poetry and in 2006 he published How to Get Rich. Filled with anecdotes on his life and lifestyle it also divulges that Dennis purportedly spent over £100 million on drugs and women.
An avid environmentalist his charity The Heart of England Forest planted it’s 1,000,000th tree in 2013.
With an estimated fortune of £750 million he was constantly in the list of England’s richest men. His love of women was well documented however he never married and had no children.
Felix Dennis was a true original and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go to his friends and family.