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 was 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, Computer Shopper, The Week and dozens more magazines, including the allegedly obscene publication Oz, which landed him briefly in jail. His colorful life included numerous girlfriends, glamorous houses in three countries and the planting of what he intended to be Britain's biggest deciduous forest.

In late 2000, Dennis began to write poetry seriously. He startled the literary world with eight gorgeous volumes of verse, including the blockbuster A Glass Half Full, which became one of the largest-selling books of original verse in the UK in decades. He published his last anthology of poems, This Is The Way Out of The World, in 2014. He is also the author of four nonfiction books, which range in topic from how to make a fortune to a biography of Muhammad Ali.

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“A 21st-century Kipling.” — Tom Wolfe

Felix Dennis’ TED talk

Felix Dennis on the TED Blog

News

Remembering Felix Dennis, 1947-2014

June 24, 2014

We want to remember Felix Dennis, who passed away this week at the age of 67, as he’d probably wish—with this trenchant, funny aside from his 2004 TED Talk. “You guys, you know, you’re going to totally transform everything. Cloning will transform everything. Voice navigation will transform everything … But human nature doesn’t change, mate. My […]

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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 • 263K 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 • 263K views Jun 2009
Beautiful, Fascinating