How much is P Diddy worth?
|Net Worth:||$900 Million
|Date of Birth:||November 4, 1969|
|Country:||United States of America|
He got his start as the man who discovered The Notorious B.I.G., got in the spotlight as his hype man and built that claim to fame into an empire.
Who Is Sean Combs
It’s not hard to see why Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs’s life has been wracked with drama. Born Sean John Combs in Harlem, New York, his dad Melvin was an acquaintance of drug lord Frank Lucas—the criminal portrayed by Denzel Washington in the Ridley Scott film American Gangster. When Sean was just a child, Melvin Combs was gunned down in Manhattan because he was reportedly going to rat out some fellow gangsters.
Working His Way Up From The Bottom
Combs’s mother moved them to Mount Vernon, New York, hoping to give the family a fresh start. Sean played football through high school and, after graduation, enrolled at Howard University. But his college career didn’t last long. After meeting Andre Hall, the founder of Uptown Records, Combs started working on the label as an intern but quickly moved his way up the ladder and found himself as the Director of A&R.
After helping launch the careers of Mary J. Blige and Jodeci, Diddy, an entrepreneur at his core, decided to break away from the company. In 1993, he started his own record label, Bad Boy Entertainment, based out of New York City. It wasn’t long before he discovered a young rapper known as The Notorious B.I.G., who also became his best friend.
Music’s Bad Boy
Bad Boy Entertainment became one of the hottest labels thanks in large part to Biggie’s success. Unfortunately, that success was also the catalyst that led Sean, who was known as Puff Daddy at the time, into his darkest days. A public, and violent, feud broke out between the artists on Suge Knight’s Death Row Records and Combs’s Bad Boy Entertainment, sparking the infamous East Coast-West Coast hip-hop rivalry of the mid-‘90s.
On September 7, 1996, Death Row rapper Tupac Shakur was shot in Las Vegas. Four months later Biggie was gunned down in Los Angeles. Diddy was at the scene of Biggie’s murder but couldn’t save his friend. A grieving Diddy, who has pursued a rapping career at the urging of his best friend, released his first solo rap album in 1997 with the song I’ll Be Missing You, a tribute to the Notorious B.I.G.
With the new album, Diddy hoped to start a new direction. That debut album, No Way Out, reached number one on the Billboard charts and helped Combs win his first Grammy for Best Rap Album. Unfortunately, trouble was always close.
Flirting With The Law
In 1999, police arrested Combs on charges of assaulting an Interscope Record executive who represented the rapper Nas. Combs, who was dating Jennifer Lopez at the time, was also at a Bronx nightclub when gunshots were fired. His entourage took off but when police stopped them a distance from the nightclub, a stolen gun was found in the car. With the help of world famous attorney Johnnie Cochran, Diddy was eventually acquitted of all charges.
Following the incident, Sean Combs reinvented himself again, he changed his name to P. Diddy and revealed in an interview with Time magazine that he had matured and wanted to get a fresh start. In 2005, he dropped the “P,” explaining that he wanted his name to be simpler for fans to chant at concerts.
Diddy began appearing in major motion pictures in 2001 with the Jon Favreau movie Made and the Oscar-winning Monster’s Ball. He has also since appeared in the gangster film Carlito’s Way: Rise to Power and Get Him to the Greek.
Playing The Branding Game
By far his most lucrative endeavors have been in business. In 2008, he sold his record label to the Warner Music Group. He currently boasts a clothing line, men’s perfume line and is the spokesperson for Ciroc Vodka. In 2005, Time magazine named Sean Combs one of the 100 Most Influential People and in 2007, his net worth was estimated at close to $358 million.
His romantic life has been as eventful as the other aspects of his life. At the start of his career, he had a relationship with his high school sweetheart that gave him his first son, Justin Dior. Following their split, he started dating Kim Porter.
Bedding The Field
During an extended break with Kim, he embarked on a very high-profile relationship with Lopez, who came to be known as J.Lo during their romance. For three years, they were fixtures on the red carpet and the tabloids. Their relationship reportedly became strained after he was arrested for weapons possession after the 1999 nightclub incident. After their split, he went back to Porter. He admitted years later that he cheated on Lopez with Porter towards the end of their relationship. The couple, who have continued a on-again, off-again relationship, went on to have a son, Christian Casey, and twin daughters, D’Lila Star and Jessie James.
While Diddy’s life started out mired in crime, he seems to have risen above it. While his past remains littered with controversy, he has built an empire and has a grasp on what it takes to be one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry. Everything Diddy touches now seems to turn to solid gold.
Defining Quote “I am the champion of hip-hop…Hands down, undisputed, I’m the undisputed heavyweight champion of hip-hop. We are going to have to deal with those facts.”