Former hippie, former jailbird, former aficionado of crack cocaine, Felix Dennis built one of the most successful privately owned magazine empires in the world.

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Felix Dennis is one of Great Britain's best known entrepreneurs. This big-personality media mogul's best-known hit was the men's magazine Maxim, but he also launched Mac User, The Week and dozens more magazines, including the allegedly obscene publication Oz, which landed him briefly in jail. His colorful life includes numerous girlfriends, glamorous houses in three countries and the planting of what he intends to be Britain's biggest deciduous forest.

In late 2000 Dennis began to write poetry seriously. Two years later he startled the literary world with his book of poetry A Glass Half Full. The book has become one of the largest-selling books of original verse in the UK in decades.

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"A 21st century Kipling." — Tom Wolfe

Felix Dennis’ TED talks

Felix Dennis on the TED Blog

Odes to vice and consequences: Felix Dennis on TED.com

June 5, 2009

Media big shot Felix Dennis roars his fiery, funny, sometimes racy original poetry, revisiting haunting memories and hard-won battle scars from a madcap — yet not too repentant — life. Best enjoyed with a glass of wine. (Recorded at TED2004, February 2004, in Monterey, California. Duration: 17:24) Watch Felix Dennis’ talk from TED2004 on TED.com, […]

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Quotes from Felix Dennis

All empires, by definition, are bumbling, shambolic, bullying, bureaucratic affairs, as certain of the rightness of their cause in infancy, as they are corrupted by power in their dotage.
Felix Dennis
TED2004 • 253K views Jun 2009
Beautiful, Fascinating
Human nature is exactly the same as it was when my ancestor got his hands around the neck of the last Neanderthal, and battered the bastard to death.
Felix Dennis
TED2004 • 253K views Jun 2009
Beautiful, Fascinating