The famous rapper known by numerous pseudonyms such as Puff Daddy and P Diddy was born Sean John Combs in Harlem New York on November 4th 1969. Combs earned his nickname Puff due to his temper as a child, as he would “huff and puff” when irritated. His father was Melvin Earl Combs, an Air Force veteran who was shot in Central Park when Combs was 2 years old as a result of his close association with drug dealer Frank Lucas. His mother’s maiden name is Janice Smalls, she worked as a teaching assistant and model. Combs studied at Mount Saint Michael Academy, a Roman Catholic school where he played football for the school team and contributed to the team winning their division in 1986. He then studied at Howard University as a business major but dropped out in his second year.
Combs has a large family. The eldest son is Justin, born in 1993 to the designer Misa Hylton-Brim, who has a love of football and attended UCLA with a football scholarship. Combs also has an adopted son in Quincy, who is the biological child of late partner Kimberly Porter. They also have a son named Christian and twin daughters Jessie James and D’Lila Star. Porter sadly died of pneumonia in 2018. Combs also has a daughter born to Sarah Chapman named Chance. They live together in their residence in Alpine, New Jersey.
Combs is an active philanthropist and is involved in numerous charitable concerns. In 1995 he founded an organization called Daddy’s House Social Programs which is focused on teaching life skills to inner-city youth and building local communities. The American Academy of Achievement awarded him the Golden Plate Award for his charity work, and Chicago’s then mayor Richard Daley honored Combs by naming October 13th “Diddy Day” in celebration of his philanthropy. In 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and coastal Louisiana, Combs pledged in cooperation with Jay-Z 1 million dollars to help relief efforts as well as sending clothes and aid to victims of the crisis.
Combs has professed a love of the card game Blackjack, traditionally played using eight 52-card decks, so much so that at the MTV Music Awards he once requested a Blackjack table be installed in his dressing room. He was also the first male rapper to be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Music and Acting
Combs started out as an assistant producer at Uptown Records in New York before leaving to found his label Bad Boy Records. He signed Notorious B.I.G. and released B.I.G.’s classic album Ready to Die in 1994. Combs and Bad Boy Records were at the center of the controversy between the East and West coast hip hop scenes in the 90s and in fomenting a rivalry with Tupac Shakur and Suge Knight that allegedly resulted in the fatal shootings of both Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac.
Combs has released several albums over his long-running career. His debut album No Way Out was released in1997 under the pseudonym Puff Daddy. Following this was 1999’s Forever, 2001’s The Saga Continues… under the pseudonym P. Diddy and in 2006 he released Press Play as Diddy. He has also featured on several collaborative albums. First with Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper on 2010’s Last Train to Paris, and then with Guy Gerber on 2014’s 11 11.
Combs has made numerous television and movie appearances including Monster’s Ball in 2001, starring alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Halle Berry. He starred in Season 1 of Hawaii Five-0 in 2011 and In 2012 Combs made a cameo in an episode of the eighth season of sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with Danny De Vito.
While Sean Combs is primarily known as a musician, he has become an extremely successful entrepreneur in recent years. As a result of his business ventures, his net worth is estimated at around 740 million dollars. In the Forbes rich list he is the highest earning entertainer in their rankings. In 2002 Fortune Magazine featured him as part of their popular 40 under 40 segment that profiles influential and successful young entrepreneurs.
Combs is best known for his fashion line Sean John that he founded in 1998. It has won numerous awards including Menswear Designer of the Year in 2004. In addition to clothing, Sean John stocks a perfume called “I Am King” which is dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr, Barack Obama and Muhammad Ali. The company, as of 2016, now has a line on female clothing called the GIRLS collection.
Comb’s has additional businesses, contained under the parent company Combs Enterprises. He had two restaurants, one in Atlanta and one in New York, both have since closed. He is involved in the vodka brand Ciroc and has a majority stake in the television network Revolt TV. He is majority shareholder alongside Ronald Burkle and Mark Wahlberg in sports drink brand Aquahydrate and in 2019 became a major investor in competitive gaming company PlayVS.