What began as one of the most notorious adult magazines on the market has evolved into an international brand powerhouse and leading high-end pop culture icon.
At the crossroads of art and sex, PENTHOUSE® is known for its fearless approach to sexuality and unabashed support for all those courageous enough to rebel from the ordinary. After five decades, PENTHOUSE® remains a relevant and influential resource for consumers who crave a desirable lifestyle – defined on their own terms.
Penthouse Global Licensing’s mission is to build on this foundation and usher in a new era of global expansion fueled by sex, style, and scandal with exciting new partners and innovative products.
Founded in London by Bob Guccione in 1965, PENTHOUSE® set out to make a scene with its very first issue, which was sent to priests, convents and members of Parliament. By 1968, PENTHOUSE® was outselling Playboy two-to-one thanks to its racy pictures and unabridged coverage of the Vietnam War, and Guccione decided to bring PENTHOUSE® to America. With its new headquarters in New York City, PENTHOUSE® featured the most risqué images of any publication and served as a voice for the American people through its fearless reporting on religious and governmental hypocrisy.
In 1985, PENTHOUSE ® featured Vanessa Williams, the first black Miss America, on its 20th Anniversary cover. The issue quickly became one of the best-selling issues of any magazine ever, but not before the images of Williams sparked a scandal that forced her to resign her crown. Over the next ten years, PENTHOUSE® exposed the sexcapades of televangelist Jerry Falwell, the numerous sexual liaisons of the famous minister Jimmy Swaggart, and the scandal of the Clinton White House. In 1995, PENTHOUSE® was one of three recipients, along with The New York Times and the Washington Post, to receive Ted Kaczynski’s (aka the Unabomber) Manifesto.
Headquartered in Los Angeles, California, PENTHOUSE® publishes its eponymous magazine in the United States and abroad and creates content for distribution via television networks and websites. PENTHOUSE® also licenses gentlemen’s clubs and consumer products around the world.